By: Holly Reimer
Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19
Reflection—v. 2 ‘judge your people with righteousness and your poor ones with justice’

The psalmist is asking God to empower the king to rule with the same kind of justice that we find God ruling with. When I first read it I totally missed this part, fixating on the fact that the psalmist was not asking for God’s good judgment, but that the leaders and rulers might instead be given a better way. How profound is it to consider what it might look like to have rulers who are not empowered by powers and principalities of the world, but by a God who cares more about those whom are not invited to the table, a God who asks ‘which of you is without sin?’ We are reminded that God has a different way of judgment and justice. So much so, that God sends a child into the world as the one sent to seek and save. When the people are expecting a warrior on a horse, they receive a man on a donkey. In our world, a sense of justice offers no sense of transformation or redemption, and certainly offers no deliverance for the needy. Our world encourages us to put people in jails when they suffer from mental health issues and we have no place else to ‘take them,’ or our leaders encourage us to build walls to ‘protect us’ from caring for others, mindless of the notion that we/they have been in need of protection and care as well. The psalmist knows that God’s way is better, and asks God to equip the leaders with a way that expresses true love and care for the ones who are the most vulnerable.

Prayer: God, give your leaders a judgment and justice that comes from you.

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