Scripture
Give the king your justice, O God,
and your righteousness to the royal son!
May he judge your people with righteousness,
and your poor with justice!
May they fear you while the sun endures,
11 May all kings fall down before him, all nations serve him!
vs 16 …and may people blossom in the cities like the grass of the field!
vs 18 … may the whole earth be filled with his glory!
Observation
Here we have a king acknowledging and pleading for the sovereignty of a greater king.
… The God of everything.
He wants to acknowledge that God is not only God of the people and land … and himself , in other words, the physical realm, but God of the nonphysical … the God of Truth … God of Righteousness … God of Justice.
The king, David, pleads for “Your” justice … “Your” righteousness.
If their would be a recognition of this higher justice and righteousness, the result benefits all the people … flourishing … blossoming … and ultimately God being glorified in “the whole earth”!
Application
Justice & righteousness … they are always wanted & desired,
but usually on very personal terms.
I want “my” version of justice.
I want “my” version of what’s righteous to take place.
And I want to place “myself” as the judge of that.
David understands that he is to be a different kind of king , a different kind of leader … a servant king .. a servant leader.
Do I understand this?
Do I wield truth this way?
Do I seek righteousness on God’s terms or mine?
Do I yearn for the glory of God and the flourishing of other people?
Or do I yearn for the glory and flourishing of me?
Prayer
God, thank You for Your sovereignty
that truth is yours
justice and righteousness are yours
help me see people with your eyes
and yearn for their flourishing and your glory
in Jesus name
Amen
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