Psalm for Prayer - December 31, 2018

Psalm 72:1–14 (ESV)

1 Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to the royal son! 

2 May he judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice! 

3 Let the mountains bear prosperity for the people, and the hills, in righteousness! 

4 May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the children of the needy, and crush the oppressor! 

5 May they fear you while the sun endures, and as long as the moon, throughout all generations! 

6 May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass, like showers that water the earth! 

7 In his days may the righteous flourish, and peace abound, till the moon be no more! 

8 May he have dominion from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth! 

9 May desert tribes bow down before him, and his enemies lick the dust! 

10 May the kings of Tarshish and of the coastlands render him tribute; may the kings of Sheba and Seba bring gifts! 

11 May all kings fall down before him, all nations serve him! 

12 For he delivers the needy when he calls, the poor and him who has no helper. 

13 He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy. 

14 From oppression and violence he redeems their life, and precious is their blood in his sight.