Reading: Psalm 72: 1-7
Solomon’s Psalm today seeks God’s presence and guidance in his reign. He asks to be able to judge with righteousness and to bring justice to the afflicted. Solomon asks God to help him save the children of the needy and to crush the oppressors. Solomon requests a long reign and for it to be like the blessings of rain falling on a field. He asks that God’s blessings allow the righteous to flourish and for prosperity to abound.
Solomon desires to be such a good leader! He comes to God with these requests, knowing that his prayer is aligned with God’s will. Solomon knows that all the good kings before him have looked out for the needy, have wanted prosperity for the people, and have sought a time of justice and peace. All of this is God’s desire for the people too.
Our point of contemplation is this: do we want to reign our own lives with these same ideals? Should all within our realms of influence be affected by us in these ways that Solomon is praying for in his kingdom? I believe so! We are called to care for the needy and to stand up for the oppressed. We are called to help end injustice and to bring peace to all. We are called to live righteous lives and to share God’s blessings.
Yes, Solomon is a good example for us to follow. But we have a far greater example in Jesus. In Jesus, we find our best example of what it looks like to live God’s love out each day. Jesus was more like us in one important way – He lived a common life down amongst humanity. The things Jesus did and taught are things we can do and teach. His life is a life we can pattern ours after.
And Jesus is also divine. Thus, He was without sin. He lived a ‘perfect’ life. This allowed Jesus to be more than an example. This perfection allowed Jesus to go to the cross as the sacrifice to take away the sins of the world. Through this gift you and I have the way to eternal life.
Yes, Jesus is a great example for our daily lives. And, yes, Jesus is also the way to peace in this world and in the world to come. Thank you Jesus for being our past, our present, and our future.