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God’s hands and feet
Andrea Delwiche
by Andrea Delwiche
April 23, 2024

“Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to the royal son! May he judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice! Let the mountains bear prosperity for the people, and the hills, in righteousness! May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the children of the needy, and crush the oppressor!” (Psalm 72:1-4 ESV).

This psalm was written asking God’s blessing for a king of Israel. We can incorporate these godly standards into our prayers for our own elected leaders. 

We can also prayerfully consider our own “kingdoms,” the places in our lives where we have authority and make decisions as citizens not only of our country but as citizens of the kingdom of heaven. How are we doing as being faithful stewards of the responsibilities God has given us? 

Are we working for justice in our relationships? Are we defending the cause of the poor or giving deliverance to the children of the needy? Do we work to combat systems that oppress other people? Are our neighbors, no matter their ethnicity, preferences, or theology, precious in our sight?

We are God’s hands and feet in this world. While God can act supernaturally to bring about change, mostly he chooses to work with you and me, giving us the privilege of loving and defending others. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you insight into how you can be the heart, hands, and feet of Jesus in your community.