Lenten Devotion (3/18)

Wednesday, March 18th

Psalm 72:1-7, 12-14
1Give the king your justice, O God,
              and your righteousness to the king’s son;
that he may rule your people righteously
              and the poor with justice;
that the mountains may bring prosperity to the people,
and the hills, in righteousness.
Let him defend the needy among the people,
rescue the poor, and crush the oppressor.
May he live as long as the sun and moon endure,
from one generation to another.
Let him come down like rain upon the mown field,
like showers that water the earth.
In his time may the righteous flourish;
and let there be an abundance of peace till the moon shall be no more.
For the king delivers the poor who cry out in distress,
the oppressed, and those who have no helper.
He has compassion on the lowly and poor,
and preserves the lives of the needy.
From oppression and violence he redeems their lives,
and precious is their blood in his sight.

Prayer:
Ruler of the universe, we thank you for the abundance of blessings you have given to us; the light and heat of the sun, the air we breathe, refreshing rain, shelter, nourishment, community, and love, to name just a few. Guide us as we use our blessings to care for the lowly and poor and strive for justice for the oppressed and victimized. May your reign on earth begin in each of us, today and always. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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