Prayer for Leaders | Psalm 45:1-9
Today’s Passage: Psalm 45:1-9
Key Verses: Psalm 45:3-4
For the director of music. To the tune of “Lilies.” Of the Sons of Korah. A maskil. A wedding song.
Gird your sword on your side, you mighty one; clothe yourself with splendor and majesty. In your majesty ride forth victoriously in the cause of truth, humility and justice; let your right hand achieve awesome deeds.
Special days call for special songs, especially a wedding day. Today’s passage is the first part of a wedding song written for a royal wedding. The country is celebrating as the king stands in beautiful robes and music fills the air.
The great celebration stirs the heart of the writer as he describes the qualities of the king. The royal leader is the “most excellent of men” graced with God’s blessing. The prayer for the king is for him to ride victoriously “in the cause of truth, humility and justice.” The song requests that God give the king success against all enemies.
Israel knew this basic principle: Speed of the leader, speed of the team. The king’s success would mean success for the nation. His defeat would be theirs as well. That’s why it’s important for us to pray that God blesses our nation’s leaders. Without him, they can do nothing, but when God is at work good things always follow.
Father, please bless our leaders. Give them wisdom, insight and courage. Help politics to be put aside. Help them lead with truth, humility and righteousness. In Jesus’ name. Amen.