Read:  Psalm 72:1-20

Praise be to the Lord God, the God of Israel,
    who alone does marvelous deeds. Psalm 72:18

As we watch the news and read about the goings on around the world, it’s hard to read this Psalm and not long for the beautiful picture it paints of what could/should be. Rulers that rule with integrity, justice, and compassion. Prosperous nations. Vanquished oppressors. Righteousness prevails, the afflicted are delivered, the weak are rescued from violence. People pray for the leaders and the nations are blessed.

So different from what we are experiencing in these turbulent times. But really, has there ever, in the history of mankind, been a time free from violence, oppression, hunger, etc. We all know the answer is no, not ever.

The Warren Wiersbe BE Bible Studies Series says, “There can be no peace on earth until the Prince of Peace is reigning and the nations have submitted to Him.” And there is the rub.

Truly, our hope (and the hope of the world) is in the Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:7 prophesies, “Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever.”

No human being could fulfill what is hoped for in the words of today’s psalm. But Jesus can – and does.

We’re about to enter a holy season. This is a time we get to think about, talk about, sing about, and celebrate the birth of Christ and what His entry into the world means for all people, of every tribe and tongue. And we get to be bearers of this great news! That while the nations may be in turmoil, the Prince of Peace stands ready to enter the heart of anyone who opens the door to Him. Thank you, Lord!

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)

Lord Jesus, thank you that my hope is not in earthly rulers and authorities, but in you, who loves me so much that you gave your life for me. Thank you for saving me, Lord. There is none like you. You are my Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. May my life reflect your goodness. In your name I pray. Amen

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