“For he will deliver the needy who cry out, the afflicted who have no one to help. He will take pity on the weak and the needy and save the needy from death. He will rescue them from oppression and violence, for precious is their blood in his sight.
Psalm 72: 12-14
Full text: Psalm 72: 12-19
At the inauguration of a king in Israel, the Israelites would offer Psalm 72 as a prayer for the new king.
This prayer was not only an acknowledgement of the king, but also expressed a set of expectations and criteria for their leader.
When we look at the state of the world today…the wars, the floods (due to global warming), the poverty, the massive gap between the rich and the poor…it is clear that the kings and leaders of the world have not been able to fulfill these standards.
But as Christians, we can know that God has given us the a King; Christ; in whose name the needy, poor and helpless will always find deliverance.
So we should not be broken and disappointed like the rest of the world. Rather we should rejoice in the knowledge that Christ is not only concerned about those who are suffering and are in need, He also compassionately identifies with them.
We should therefore be reassured that despite the chaos around us, Christ will ultimately reign supreme and bring peace and blessings for all.
Let us during this Lenten season pray for those who suffer…especially those who are suffering in the recent floods…and remember that Christ the King truly cares for us and all of our needs, and we can, and indeed must call on His name whenever we’re in trouble.
Almighty God, we praise You that Your Son is the King; that His compassion far outweighs anything disaster we have ever seen. Help us to trust and obey Him as our righteous King, and may His name be forever praised…Amen!