From Everyday Psalms
Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
be warned, O rulers of the Earth.
It is easy to think that this psalm isn’t speaking to us. “I’m not a king. I’m not a ruler.” Perhaps we need to think of ourselves in this instance as the psalmist, the one offering the cautionary note to kings and rulers, speaking with the voice of God who scorns the folly of nations that turn away from God’s reign for the sake of their own. The psalmist acts as a prophet “speaking up” in public for the voiceless, the poor, and the outcast. Not caving in to despair or cynicism, the psalmist / prophet speaks out in prayer and action.
Help me listen, O Lord, for your wisdom.
May I speak out boldly
in whatever ways I can,
and use the life you have given
To speak your truth.
LIVING THE PRAYER
Today I will truly hear God’s wisdom and speak in a way that allows others to hear it.
How can I speak out in my life to awaken leadership to following the ways of God? What can I work for, so that those named “blessed” in the Beatitudes will know God’s love for them?
THE NEW TESTAMENT SINGS
I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone,
for kings and all who are in high positions,
so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all Godliness and dignity.
(1 Timothy 2:1-2)