A HOPELESS PRAYER?
For our second Sunday of Advent we look into the prayer of Psalm 72. At one level it is a prayer of a father (David) for his son (Solomon) as the son anticipates his coronation. It is a divinely inspired lovely dream. Sadly, Solomon even with all his wisdom ended up a broken man, with a broken kingdom and family. This sad result is all too common when we misplace our trust and confuse the Kingdom of God with kingdoms of men. The good news is that “now one greater than Solomon is here” (Matthew 12:42). And yes we need to pray for and support our human leaders, but the king described in this psalm is a gift from God… in fact is God come to us in Jesus. So we do not despair. But instead we can proclaim “Praise be to the LORD God, the God of Israel, who alone does marvelous deeds. Praise be to his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory. Amen and Amen.” (Psalm 72:18, 19)