Daily Devotional: Psalms 72:1-7
Endow the king with your justice, O God, the royal son with your righteousness. He will judge your people in righteousness, your afflicted ones with justice. The mountains will bring prosperity to the people, the hills the fruit of righteousness. He will defend the afflicted among the people and save the children of the needy; he will crush the oppressor. He will endure as long as the sun, as long as the moon, through all generations. He will be like rain falling on a mown field, like showers watering the earth. In his days the righteous will flourish; prosperity will abound till the moon is no more.
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek. This Melchizedek was king of Salem and priest of God Most High. First, his name means "king of righteousness"; then also, "king of Salem" means "king of peace."
Jesus is our King of righteousness, he is the Prince of Peace, and he is our faithful high priest who lives forever. What a privilege it would have been to have lived under the reign of David and Solomon, in the splendor and blessings of God over his people! But we have a greater king who reigns over a greater kingdom; we have Jesus Christ the Son of God, and his reign will be forever!
When we submit to him and to his rule, he has promised to watch over us, protect us, and to give us what we need. He intercedes for us before the throne of God. In him we have all spiritual blessings. As we live under his care, he will never allow us to be tempted beyond what we can handle because with every temptation he extends his grace and his strength to us. In Christ we are forever secure.
In him we have reason to rejoice always! We can live without worry or anxiety, with no fear, but always living with the peace of God in our hearts. Because of this, we make our requests known to him, but always with thanksgiving for what we already have. What a blessing to be a child of God, safe in the arms of Jesus!
My Father and my God, in deep humility I come before you and make my requests known. Yet, in the name of Jesus I approach you boldly because I know that you will hear me and answer my prayer. Thank you for all the blessings you shower on me every day. Thank you for my physical family and for the love we share, but also for your spiritual family and the love we share in Jesus. Please be merciful to our nation and give wisdom to our leaders, even though so many of them have turned their backs on you and on your word. We need your Spirit to convict those who accept evil and wickedness as being normal and good. In my Savior’s name.