Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19


Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to a king’s son.

May he judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice.
May the mountains yield prosperity for the people, and the hills, in righteousness.
May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the needy, and crush the oppressor.
May he live while the sun endures, and as long as the moon, throughout all generations.
May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass, like showers that water the earth.
In his days may righteousness flourish and peace abound, until the moon is no more.

Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things.
Blessed be his glorious name forever; may his glory fill the whole earth.   Amen and Amen.



  From Rev. Dennis Sparks, First Christian Church, Ravenswood, and  Executive Director of the WV Council of Churches:

A seemingly good Christian fellow adamantly stated, “I’ve read the Bible through, cover to cover twice, and I do not recall justice being a biblical concept.”   Many Christians make a similar claim. I recited for the man several we’ll known verses: “What does the Lord require of you but to do justice…” from Micah 6:8 and “let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever flowing stream,” from Amos 5:24.  While we often overlook it, justice is central to God’s holy book and to God’s acts.

For the spiritual seeker Psalm 72 resonates as a great teacher of God’s meaning of justice, for the Psalm is a prayer. Here in the last of David’s Psalms, the King of Israel prays over the coronation of his son as Solomon takes the throne.  David prays, “Give the king justice.”  With righteousness at hand, quickly the prayer focuses upon giving justice to the poor.  This is accomplished by defending their cause, and this is the way of shalom.  As Advent reminds us of our waiting and watching for the coming of our glorious Savior, let us chant “justice” as central to God’s plan.

God of all people, may we find fulfillment of our faith

and the meaning of your coming in just living.