Going Deeper 12-4-19

The Psalm for Advent 2…

Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19  1 Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to a king's son. 2 May he judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice. 3 May the mountains yield prosperity for the people, and the hills, in righteousness. 4 May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the needy, and crush the oppressor. 5 May he live while the sun endures, and as long as the moon, throughout all generations. 6 May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass, like showers that water the earth. 7 In his days may righteousness flourish and peace abound, until the moon is no more. … 18 Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things. 19 Blessed be his glorious name forever; may his glory fill the whole earth.  Amen and Amen.

 

Quite the prayer for a nation’s leader!  I wonder… has any king ever lived up to such high standards?  Can’t say that any of Israel/Judah’s kings did.  Some certainly came closer than others.  Not sure there have been very many earthly leaders as a whole who have completely met this job description… although I’m sure that some have come closer than others.  It seems interesting and important to me that “justice for all”—especially the poor and needy—is given such priority.

 

I hope it is clear why this is a Psalm for Advent.  It points to the one and only King who truly reigned—and reigns—with such righteousness and justice.  This seems to be a messianic Psalm… at least from our perspective.  It points to Jesus, the King of kings.  He is the only King to “live while the sun endures, and as long as the moon, throughout all generations”… even unto all eternity.  He is the only one to fully live up to these expectations. 

 

During His reign on earth, Jesus demonstrated and modeled compassion and action for the poor and needy.  Of course, this reached far beyond economics.  Jesus taught: Blessed are the poor in spirit.  Jesus came to bring justice and righteousness as gifts to the poor and needy in spirit, those whose lives have been broken by sin.  He came to redeem, and then to renew.  He saved us, made us God’s children by grace, and showed us how we are to live… with the same passion for justice and righteousness, and a desire to serve.

 

“Blessed be the Lord” indeed!

 

With You in His Service,


Mark Gabbert, Pastor
Zion Lutheran Church
Wellington, Colorado

"No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care."