We praise you, God
We praise you for your Name is near;
People tell of your wonderful deeds.
You say, “I choose the appointed time;
It is I who judge with equity.
When the earth and all its people quake,
It is I who hold its pillars firm.
To the arrogant I say, ‘Boast no more.’
And to the wicked, ‘Do not lift up your horns.
Do not lift your horns against heaven;
Do not speak so defiantly.’”
Horns were an ancient image of strength. When an ox raised its head it was an image of power and maybe that things were about to get ugly. I’m not sure if the ancient Middle East had any familiarity with the rhinoceros or elephant, but it’s the same picture: to raise your horn was to declare supremacy.
We know that no one from east or west or from the desert can exalt themselves. It is God who judges. He brings down one and exalts another.
This day, let’s pray for leaders. For nations who might want to exalt themselves over “lesser” nations; for leaders who can swallow the temptation of superiority.
Let’s pray together that Jesus, who is the hope of the nations and the Light of the world, shines into each of the nations (don’t be afraid to name some of them by name). Let’s pray that we all find ourselves properly valuing Him and each other and ourselves.
Heal the nations, LORD, and lead our leaders!
Praying with you this day.