Morning Reflections is a series of brief reflections on my daily morning readings; one chapter of Pslams and one of Proverbs.
Psalm 61 and Proverbs 31
Psalm 61 is full of prayers and petitions, both for merciful guidance for himself (lead me to the rock that is higher than I) and for blessing for the king (May he be enthroned forever before God). After all his prayers, he ends with v8, “So will I ever sing praises to your name, as I perform my vows day after day.” This is a fitting end for all our prayers as well as really the only right response. Our ultimate hope in seeking God’s guidance ought to be to secure his blessing for ourselves and those we love, however even beyond that it should be that we might praise him more fully, praise him more faithfully. Indeed, when he answers, what else can we do? There is no repayment for the favors of God, only to give ourselves entirely, as we are, to him and his purposes.
Proverbs 31:4 says “Do not give your strength to women, your ways to those who destroy kings.” Seeing as these are the words of King Lemuel to his son, who will one day be king, the words are highly applicable. One who will be king should indeed not give his ways to those who will destroy him. Undoubtedly women have been a snare to many a king in Israel. Solomon and David are among Israels greatest kings, and both of them suffered greatly for their lack of discretion in this department. A king strength is not for indulgence, but to “defend the rights of the poor and needy (v9).” Interestingly, this is done not through warfare, but through “opening your mouth”, as twice the phrase is mentioned. A kings role is to rule by statue and to promote equity and righteousness through legislation. By decree a king works on behalf of his people. A mute king is no king at all. In contrast, what a king Christians have! King Jesus never spoke a sideways word, nor one that fell to the wayside. When he opens his mouth it is pure justice, righteous judgment, healing wisdom, and words of life. We gladly own you as king, oh Jesus, because none other rules so powerfully as you do by your decrees. In them we are safe and protected, cared for and sustained. May your kingdom come and your will be done, Lord!