Daily Devotion - January 2, 2019

Psalm 72

Prayer for Guidance and Support for the King of Solomon.

Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to a king’s son. May he judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice. May the mountains yield prosperity for the people, and the hills, in righteousness. May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the needy, and crush the oppressor. May he live while the sun endures, and as long as the moon, throughout all generations. May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass, like showers that water the earth. In his days may righteousness flourish and peace abound, until the moon is no more.

Reflection by Janet Derby

We all have wishes for each new year, but they are generally about ourselves. Good health, a better lifestyle, breaking of bad habits – all these are often included in our goals. The psalmist has wishes instead for others. In our divisive political climate, perhaps we should all concentrate and pray for our leaders and people that their policies affect.


God of Justice, This year, may righteousness flourish and peace abound. Amen.

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