Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Long Live the King!

He will rescue the poor when they cry to him; he will help the oppressed, who have no one to defend them. He feels pity for the weak and the needy, and he will rescue them. He will redeem them from oppression and violence, for their lives are precious to him. Long live the king! Psalm 72: 12- 15a NLT

Wait, shouldn't the king be more concerned about national debt? How about the strength of the armed forces?

The psalmist – we are told this is actually a prayer for Solomon spoken by his father, David – wants help for the least of these. The king should rescue the poor, help the oppressed, feel pity for the week and needy and rescue them. All these should be redeemed from oppression and violence for their lives are precious to him.

While we wait for a leader who will be like this, perhaps we should take a good look at ourselves. What is precious to you? Who is precious to you? Do you hear the cries of the needy and the poor? Are you helping to rescue the oppressed and the weak? What kinds of things do you do every day to stop violence among those who have no one to defend them?

God, raise up leaders who will rescue the poor and oppressed, the weak and the needy. May they be redeemed from violence because their lives are precious. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Copyright 2012 Amelia G. Sims

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