Give the king [knowledge of] Your judgments, O God,
And [the spirit of] Your righteousness to the king’s son [to guide all his ways].
May he judge Your people with righteousness,
And Your afflicted with justice. – Psalm 72:1-2
Some noted scholars believe that this Psalm was written by Solomon. They also believe that the prayer was uttered by David. Either way the thoughts are the thoughts of David, perhaps conveyed successfully to his son. Solomon succeeded his father David as king. At one time just before David’s death they were for all good purposes, both kings. David was king in name only and Solomon was acting king.
It is a prayer to God to guide the rulers of Israel. It offers an ideal governance model, focused on a relationship of care for the poor and vulnerable. Good governance is shown base on the principles of justice, righteousness and compassion, defending the rights of the poor and marginalised and protecting the people from conflict. Quoting from Isaiah 61, Jesus declares His manifesto for leadership in chapter 4 of Luke’s Gospel.
“But the natural, non-spiritual man does not accept or welcome or admit into his heart the gifts and teachings and revelations of the Spirit of God, for they are folly (meaningless nonsense) to him; and he is incapable of knowing them (of progressively recognizing, understanding, and becoming better acquainted with them) because they are spiritually discerned and estimated and appreciated. But the spiritual man tries all things (he examines, investigates, inquires into, questions, and discerns all things), yet is himself to be put on trial and judged by no one (he can read the meaning of everything, but no one can properly discern or appraise or get an insight into him).” – 1 Corinthians 2:14-15
God, the Glorious Ruler of all things and all peoples, we come to worship You.
God, the Revealer of all truth, in clear-cut ways You make yourself known to us. Holy God, be for us the Glorious Ruler of all things and all peoples, as we give thanks and celebrate that our God embraces the royal blessings of care and compassion for weak, vulnerable and oppressed peoples; together with all God’s holy glory and majestic powers. We give thanks for the revelations God has made to us and to all humanity about God’s-Own-Self, in ways that we can understand and appreciate, which enlightens us about who we are as God’s people; and our role towards humanity and the created world. We give thanks that the Godly role of King and Saviour has been revealed to us as the dual role and the true pattern for leaders, so that they are encouraged to combine their dedicated attention to right leadership, together with justice and mercy for vulnerable people and children. – Joan Stott
We could all use the wisdom of Christ as the extra passenger in our boat these days.
If any of you lacks wisdom [to guide him through a decision or circumstance], he is to ask of [our benevolent] God, who gives to everyone generously and without rebuke or blame, and it will be given to him. – James 1:5
I will never forget Your precepts,
For by them You have revived me and given me life. I have seen that all [human] perfection has its limits [no matter how grand and perfect and noble];
Your commandment is exceedingly broad and extends without limits [into eternity]. – Psalm 119:93, 96