Today’s Reflection: Psalm 72:4 He shall judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor.
King David is praying prophetically for the future reign of his son Solomon. In so doing, he is asking God to give his son the ability to judge righteously in the land. After asking God to give his son righteousness, he then exclaims in prayer what the results of that righteousness will produce; “He shall judge thy people with righteousness, and thy poor with judgment.”
David understands that to judge righteously is to judge rightly. That is, to be equal in the enforcement of the law, and in the benefits of citizenship. Here in America, we may call it liberty and justice for all. Regardless, the point is this; righteous judgment gives everyone a voice in society, but makes a special point not to neglect the most vulnerable among us.
What business does a KING have with the POOR of the people? Of what benefit is there in helping those who cannot help the king? If truth be known, many governments, dictators, kings, & princes throughout world history have focused their energies on increasing their own strength and power by building alliances with other strong leaders, and by suppressing the weak to keep them weak.
But look at THIS King, praying for his son to judge with the righteousness of God. Where did King David learn what righteous judgement looked like? Why, from the heart of God…of course!
And it is to this end that we are reminded of just how strong and powerful our God (King of Kings and Lord of Lords) is, to humble Himself to the poorest of the poor, and the lowest of the low, not to increase His own strength (for He is already all powerful), but to lift us up and to bless us with His greatness! Oh the wonder of His Majesty!
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