“There is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of the law and in the name of justice.” Montesquieu, The Spirit of the Laws
Reflection: Whatever our quibbles with governments in Australia, we are fortunate to live in a country where good and stable government is the norm. But for many around the world this is not so, and the prayer of verses 1-2 would be deeply felt and prayed with longing. Even for us, the idealised picture in this psalm of a righteous, just, compassionate, and generous ruler under whom the land flourishes is outside of our experience. How thankful we can be that King Jesus will one day rule like this all for all his people.
Prayer: Dear God, our Lord and King. Thank you for the good and stable governments that we have in our state and country. We pray for those who live in countries where abuses of justice are the norm rather than the exception and ask that you might bring change. And we thank you that Jesus will one day return to reign forever in perfect justice and truth. Amen
Take it further: Give thanks that King Jesus is indeed this much-desired King, and reflect on how the blessings of his rule flow into your life now, and how our longing for more will be satisfied when he finally rules over all.
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Nat Rosner grew up in Sydney, lives in Melbourne and loves both cities! A former lawyer, she’s now a Minister at St Hilary's in Victoria and is passionate about sunshine, summer, sport, reading and local church ministry.
This reflection was originally posted as part of the Winter Warmers series at St Hilary's