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Day Three : 4th December

4 December 2007

Psalm 72

Give the king your judgement, O God:
and your righteousness to the son of a king,

2 That he may judge your people rightly:
and the poor of the land with equity.

3 Let the mountains be laden with peace because of his righteousness:
and the hills also with prosperity for his people.

4 May he give justice to the poor among the people:
And rescue the children of the needy, and crush the oppressor.

5 May he live while the sun endures:
and while the moon gives light, throughout all generations.

6 May he come down like rain upon the new-mown fields:
and as showers that water the earth.

7 In his time shall righteousness flourish:
and abundance of peace, till the moon shall be no more.

This is a kingdom of an agricultural people intimately connected with the land.
And yet this week in Australia, a new leader has been elected. And in this district the rain has fallen and the showers have watered the earth. Perhaps one drought has broken, may another similarly fall. In our urbanised societies we rarely use such terms in relation to our leaders!