The honesty of the Bible is inspiring. It paints God as God and humans as humans. The Bible reveals God’s love, holiness, and sovereignty. At the same time it exposes the frailty and sinfulness of the human heart. Even the shortcomings of those that God used for mighty kingdom purposes are recorded for all to see. David is an example of one such servant of God. David is referred to in the Bible as a man after God’s own heart (1 Samuel 13:14). Yet David’s personal history includes immorality and even murder. Nevertheless, God called, anointed and used David for his will and purpose.
At the end of his life King David spoke words of wisdom about God’s view of effective and godly leadership. These Last Words of David are found in 2 Samuel 23:2-4. The Spirit of the Lord spoke to me; his word was on my tongue. The God of Israel said to me: When one rules over men in righteousness, when he rules in the fear of God, he is like the light of morning at sunrise on a cloudless morning, like the brightness after the rain that brings the grass from the earth.
I have been using these Last Words as a prayer over the last four terms of our Presidents and all appointed and elected government leaders. God alone knows the fruit of my efforts. But I know this: the call to pray for those in rule over us is a Biblical mandate. Would you join me in praying that those who govern over America would rule in righteousness and in the fear of God ?
Share this prayer liberally. God alone knows how it will be answered. In the meantime, look for the light of sunrise and green grass on the earth. And Rejoice!