A King’s Benediction

King David is arguably the most beloved king of Israel. Besides being a king, his songs and psalms have had great impact far beyond his time. Myself and many others have identified with and found solace in his expressive demonstrations of love and faith even in the midst of hardships and doubts. In this psalm, this beloved king declares a blessing over his people in word and song. Words of encouragement and faith in times and seasons of trouble and unrest. We may not have leaders today as beloved and as attuned to the plight of their people as David was, but we can still identify with and find solace in his benediction to his people. As leaders in our homes, families, communities and organizations, let us take some cues from his rule-book, and be sources of encouragement, hope, and blessings for those placed under our care. There are better days ahead.

“May the Good and Faithful Lord answer you in the day of trouble.
May the name of the God of Israel set you up on high,
Send you help from His blessed sanctuary, grant you support from Zion,
Remember all your offerings and labours, and accept your sacrifices.
May He grant you your heart’s desire, and fulfill all your counsel.

Have this assurance, that we will triumph in His salvation;
In the name of our God and King, we will set up our banners.

May the LORD grant all your requests – He knows yours needs.
I have come to know and I testify, that the LORD saves His anointed.
He will answer His chosen people from His Holy Heaven,
With the saving strength of His righteous right hand.

I know some trust in chariots, and some in horses,
But we trust in the name of the LORD our God and King.
And when they are bowed down and fallen, let-down by their devices,
We will still be upright and standing – steadfast.
So Save us, Lord! You are our King, answer us as we call!”

#Psalms 20:1-9

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