Psalm 72 MOFF
- Inspire the king, O God, with thine own justice, endow his majesty with thing own equity,
- that he may rule thy folk aright and deal out just for the poor;
- may justice bring welfare to the people, from the very hills and mountains!
- May he prove the champion of the weak, may he deliver the forlorn, and crush oppressors!
- Long may he live, long as the sun, as the moon that shines for ever!
- May his rule be like rainfall on the meadows, like showers that water the land!
- Justice and welfare flourish in his days, till the moon be no more!
- From sea to sea may his domain extend, from the Euphrates to the earth’s far end!
- May the foe bow down before him, his enemies grovel in the dust!
- May kings of the west and the seaboard pay tribute to him, may kings of the south and of Arabia offer him presents,
- all kings do homage to him, all nations yield to him!
- For he saves the forlorn who cry to him, the weak and helpless;
- he pities the forlorn and weak, he saves the life of the weak,
- rescuing them from outrage and oppression – they are not cheap to him.
- Long may he live, to receive gold from Arabia! For him may ceaseless prayer be made, and all day long may he be blessed!
- May the land be rich in waving corn, right up to the top of the hills! May the folk flourish like trees in Lebanon, may citizens flower like grass in the field!
- For ever blessed be his name, sure as the sun itself his fame! All races envy his high bliss, all nations hail him as the happy king!
- [[Blessed be the Eternal, Israel’s God, who alone works wonders!
- For ever blessed be his glorious name; may all the earth be full of his glory! Even so, even so!]]
- Here in the devotions of David the son of Jesse.
Policies that effect the quality of life
- Private policy – how we think
Proverbs 14:15 NCV – Fools will believe anything, but the wise think about what they do.
Proverbs 23:7 KJV – For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.
- Personal policy – how we behave
Galatians 6:9 KJV – And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
- Public policy – what we get
Instead of highlighting those who defied the odds, why not reduce the odds.
Ezekiel 22:6-7, 12-13, 27, 29 GNV – 6 All Israel’s leaders trust in their own strength and commit murder. 7 None of you in the city honor your parents. You cheat foreigners and take advantage of widows and orphans. 12 Some of your people murder for pay. Some charge interest on the loans they make to other Israelites and get rich by taking advantage of them. They have forgotten me.” The Sovereign Lord has spoken. 13 “I will bring my fist down on your robberies and murders. 27 The government officials are like wolves tearing apart the animals they have killed. They commit murder in order to get rich. 29 The wealthy cheat and rob. They mistreat the poor and take advantage of foreigners.
Ezekiel 34:1-4, 11-23 GNV – 1 The Lord spoke to me. 2 “Mortal man,” he said, “denounce the rulers of Israel. Prophesy to them, and tell them what I, the Sovereign Lord, say to them: You are doomed, you shepherds of Israel! You take care of yourselves, but never tend the sheep. 3 You drink the milk, wear clothes made from the wool, and kill and eat the finest sheep. But you never tend the sheep. 4 You have not taken care of the weak ones, healed the ones that are sick, bandaged the ones that are hurt, brought back the ones that wandered off, or looked for the ones that were lost. Instead, you treated them cruelly. 11 “I, the Sovereign Lord, tell you that I myself will look for my sheep and take care of them 12 in the same way as shepherds take care of their sheep that were scattered and are brought together again. I will bring them back from all the places where they were scattered on that dark, disastrous day. 13 I will take them out of foreign countries, gather them together, and bring them back to their own land. I will lead them back to the mountains and the streams of Israel and will feed them in pleasant pastures. 14 I will let them graze in safety in the mountain meadows and the valleys and in all the green pastures of the land of Israel. 15 I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I will find them a place to rest. I, the Sovereign Lord, have spoken. 16 “I will look for those that are lost, bring back those that wander off, bandage those that are hurt, and heal those that are sick; but those that are fat and strong I will destroy, because I am a shepherd who does what is right. 17 “Now then, my flock, I, the Sovereign Lord, tell you that I will judge each of you and separate the good from the bad, the sheep from the goats. 18 Some of you are not satisfied with eating the best grass; you even trample down what you don’t eat! You drink the clear water and muddy what you don’t drink! 19 My other sheep have to eat the grass you trample down and drink the water you muddy. 20 “So now, I, the Sovereign Lord, tell you that I will judge between you strong sheep and the weak sheep. 21 You pushed the sick ones aside and butted them away from the flock. 22 But I will rescue my sheep and not let them be mistreated any more. I will judge each of my sheep and separate the good from the bad. 23 I will give them a king like my servant David to be their one shepherd, and he will take care of them.
Ministry takes place when divine resources meet human needs through loving channels to the glory of God.
Acts 3:1-9 GNV – 1 One day Peter and John went to the Temple at three o’clock in the afternoon, the hour for prayer. 2 There at the Beautiful Gate, as it was called, was a man who had been lame all his life. Every day he was carried to the gate to beg for money from the people who were going into the Temple. 3 When he saw Peter and John going in, he begged them to give him something. 4 They looked straight at him, and Peter said, “Look at us!” 5 So he looked at them, expecting to get something from them. 6 But Peter said to him, “I have no money at all, but I give you what I have: in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth I order you to get up and walk!” 7 Then he took him by his right hand and helped him up. At once the man’s feet and ankles became strong; 8 he jumped up, stood on his feet, and started walking around. Then he went into the Temple with them, walking and jumping and praising God. 9 The people there saw him walking and praising God,
Human need – Lame man (v. 2)
Resources – Divine healing (v. 6)
Loving channels – Peter and John (v. 7)
Glory of God – Walking and praising God (v. 9)
I. The Priority of the King
Isaiah 40:4 KJV – Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:
- A fair redistribution of resources, opportunities and responsibility
- Empower people to exercise self-determination and decision-making power over issues that affect one’s destiny
- Build social solidarity and community building capacity for collaborative action
- Go to war against oppressors that seek to keep the poor down
Non-racism is inaction.
Anti-racism is action.
The test of progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have little.
President Franklin Roosevelt
The moral test of government is how it treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the aged; and those in the shadows of life, the sick, needy and handicapped.
II. The Prosperity of the Kingdom
Proverbs 29:14 GNV – If a king defends the rights of the poor, he will rule for a long time.