Psalm 72

Psalm 72 is a prayer for Israel’s king, that he would rule with justice and righteousness.

As Israel prayed for her king, we too can pray for our leaders.

May they:

* judge with righteousness
* defend the afflicted
* help the poor
* crush the oppressor
* allow righteous people to flourish
* have pity on the poor and helpless
* deliver the needy
* save the lives of the poor
* rescue the weak from violence
* be respected by other leaders

This psalm closes with a doxology of praise to the LORD, our covenant keeping God.

Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel,
who alone does wonders.
Blessed be his glorious name forever;
the whole earth is filled with his glory.
Amen and amen. (v. 18-19 CSB)

Father, I pray for those in positions of authority in the workplace, in my church, in my city, and in my country. Give them Your view of justice. Let them lead with righteousness, defend the poor and the helpless, punish oppressors, and rescue the weak from violence. Let Your people flourish under the authority of just leaders. Blessed be Your glorious name. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Psalm 72

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