Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to a king’s son.Psalm 72:1-7
May he judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice.
May the mountains yield prosperity for the people, and the hills, in righteousness.
May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the needy, and crush the oppressor.
May he live while the sun endures, and as long as the moon, throughout all generations.
May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass, like showers that water the earth.
In his days may righteousness flourish and peace abound, until the moon is no more.
How many leaders in the world, in this nation, in this community, lead in a way that reflects this psalm? Is there anything that you could argue against here?
Great leadership is about serving others, not ourselves. How often have we been in positions of authority or power over others and not reflected this servant leader approach? You might be thinking about a particular global leader right now. You might be thinking about the silly rhetoric taking place which could have catastrophic implications for the world. You might be asking yourself what sort of world are we bringing children into?
It is so easy to criticise others in leadership positions and yet so difficult to lead once we reach that position ourselves. Some people never put themselves forward to lead; some people lack confidence and need to be encouraged and supported; others prefer to sit back and criticise those who do step up.
Have you ever asked what sort of leader you would follow? Have you ever considered if any of the current leaders reflect those values and characteristics? Have you ever looked at yourself and wondered if you reflect those values yourself? Never stop praying for politicians, local councillors, anyone in a leadership position in locally, nationally and globally.
You came to serve and to lead,
To guide and to encourage.
Why do we find this so hard?
Remind us constantly of the need to choose our leaders with care,
To support our leaders with prayer,
To step up when we have the gifts to share with our community. We pray in the name of the Servant King, Amen