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God's Good Politics

Psalms 72:9-20 :

Those who dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him.
His enemies shall lick the dust.
The kings of Tarshish and of the islands will bring tribute.
The kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts.
Yes, all kings shall fall down before him.
All nations shall serve him.
For he will deliver the needy when he cries;
the poor, who has no helper.
He will have pity on the poor and needy.
He will save the souls of the needy.
He will redeem their soul from oppression and violence.
Their blood will be precious in his sight.
They shall live, and to him shall be given of the gold of Sheba.
Men shall pray for him continually.
They shall bless him all day long.
Abundance of grain shall be throughout the land.
Its fruit sways like Lebanon.
Let it flourish, thriving like the grass of the field.
His name endures forever.
His name continues as long as the sun.
Men shall be blessed by him.
All nations will call him blessed.

Praise be to Yahweh God, the God of Israel,
who alone does marvelous deeds.
Blessed be his glorious name forever!
Let the whole earth be filled with his glory!
Amen and amen.

This ends the prayers by David, the son of Jesse.



This psalm tells us something about politics. There is a worldly view that politics has no place in religion, but, as I just said, this is a worldly view. The biblical view is that Christianity has a place everywhere, including politics and this psalm demonstrates why.


I believe that Solomon is talking about himself and his family line. He goes to great lengths to tell us that other nations will be subjected to him and says again that the land will be prosperous. This time it is made very clear that the economy is directly tied to the poor and needy, and so is good politics. It says "He will have pity on the poor and needy...They shall live, and to him shall be given of the gold of Sheba." So the tie to a good economy is here, but it also says that "all kings shall fall down before him.... For he will deliver the needy when he cries; the poor, who has no helper." That's a political statement. A leader that really cares for the poor and needy, is one that is respected.


There are many leaders who claim to be helpers of the poor and needy, but don't do anything but make their conditions worse. They may sound good on the outside, but they merely use the poor to get elected and then try to keep them poor and dependent so that they can get elected again. A leader that really cares for the poor, actually helps them get out of it. That doesn't happen by giving them money. That's done by making sure that others don't oppress them or take advantage of their situation. That way they can survive and make their own way out without harm. He also does it by promoting the God of the Christians, not by making it illegal to talk about God in public.






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