REFLECTION | Psalm 97 - The Righteous Will Rejoice

On Sunday, June 2, the most powerful man in the world was made very small by the majesty of God.  When Donald Trump walked up onto the platform of McLean Bible Church in Virginia to be prayed for by Pastor David Platt, he found himself in a situation with which he isn’t usually familiar.  He wasn’t the center of attention (World leaders tend to be and rightly so).  Nor was he exalted or praised.  Instead, he was overshadowed by the majesty of the reigning King of the universe. 

In his prayer, Platt made much of God and the gospel.  It was clear that, while humbled by the visit of a president, Platt knew and acknowledged the greatest person in the room.  As we reflect on the words of the psalmist in Psalm 97, let’s also look to this example of how God’s majesty was exalted in the presence of worldly power.  Read back over Psalm 97 and read the transcript from David Platt’s prayer printed below.

“O God, we praise you as the one universal king over all. You are our leader and our Lord and we worship you. There is one God and one Savior—and it’s you, and your name is Jesus. And we exalt you, Jesus. We know we need your mercy. We need your grace. We need your help. We need your wisdom in our country. And so we stand right now on behalf of our president, and we pray for your grace and your mercy and your wisdom upon him.

God, we pray that he would know how much you love him—so much that you sent Jesus to die for his sins, our sins—so we pray that he would look to you. That he would trust in you, that he would lean on you. That he would govern and make decisions in ways that are good for justice, and good for righteousness, and good for equity, every good path.

Lord we pray, we pray, that you would give him all the grace he needs to govern in ways that we just saw in 1 Timothy 2 that lead to peaceful and quiet lives, godly and dignified in every way. God we pray for your blessing in that way upon his family. We pray that you would give them strength. We pray that you would give them clarity. Wisdom, wisdom, the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Please, O God, give him wisdom and help him to lead our country alongside other leaders. We pray today for leaders in Congress. We pray for leaders in courts. We pray for leaders in national and state levels. Please, O God, help us to look to you, help us to trust in your Word, help us to seek your wisdom, and live in ways that reflect your love and your grace, your righteousness and your justice. We pray for your blessings on our president toward that end.

In Jesus’s name we pray. Amen.”

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