Posted by: Larry Hoekman | February 16, 2017

Psalms — Psalm 72 – Our Prayer?

Day 2676: We were praying for rain in California, now we’re praying for no damages from all the rain!

Scripture:  Give the king Your judgments, O God, and Your righteousness to the king’s son. May he judge Your people with righteousness and Your afflicted with justice. May he vindicate the afflicted of the people, save the children of the needy, and crush the oppressor. May he come down like rain upon the mown grass, like showers that water the earth. In his days may the righteous flourish, and abundance of peace till the moon is no more. 

For he will deliver the needy when he cries for help, the afflicted also, and him who has no helper. He will have compassion on the poor and needy, and the lives of the needy he will save. He will rescue their life from oppression and violence.

Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, who alone works wonders. And blessed be His glorious name forever; and may the whole earth be filled with His glory. Amen, and Amen.     Sections of Psalm 72

Thoughts/questions: At first glance this prayer may seem a bit selfish, but with a second look, David requests God’s blessing so he can be helpful to the people he leads.

Is this our type of prayer or are we seeking physical and material blessings for ourselves and our families? Maybe we should seek to be blessed so that we can be a blessing.

Consider your life – your family, where you work or spend most of your time. Then personalize and say this prayer as your prayer regarding your impact on those God has placed in your community. 

Suggested prayer: Almighty God, may You bless me Your servant so that I can be a blessing to others . . .

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