This last Sunday at DPC we looked at Psalm 20 and saw King David preparing to lead the forces of Israel into battle against an enemy army.
And the people lifted up their voices in united prayer for their king.
This is something of the Old Testament counterpart to 1 Timothy 2.1-3, where Christians are called to lift up their voices in united prayer for all their civil leaders:
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior.My political post comes down to this:
- let's be faithful to do that
- let's pray for God to raise up godly leaders who love righteousness and hate wickedness
- if we need guidance in this kind of prayer, let's turn to prayers that Christians have been praying for generations: "O Lord our Governor, whose glory is in all the world: We commend this nation to thy merciful care, that, being guided by thy Providence, we may dwell secure in thy peace. Grant to the President of the United States, the Governor of this State (or Commonwealth), and to all in authority, wisdom and strength to know and to do thy will. Fill them with the love of truth and righteousness, and make them ever mindful of their calling to serve this people in thy fear; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen."
- let's pray that God would make us into the kind of people that can produce godly leaders, remembering this word of rebuke from CS Lewis: "We make men without chests and expect from them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst."
- let's pray that God would make us willing to elect such people into office
- and then let's pray for our leaders faithfully, and honor them well
Kevin DeYoung has some wise words and suggested matters of prayer that you can find here. Very, very good.