1 Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to the royal son!2 May he judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice!
3 Let the mountains bear prosperity for the people, and the hills, in righteousness!
4 May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the children of the needy, and crush the oppressor!
5 May they fear you while the sun endures, and as long as the moon, throughout all generations!
6 May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass, like showers that water the earth! 7 In his days may the righteous flourish, and peace abound, till the moon be no more! 8 May he have dominion from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth! 9 May desert tribes bow down before him, and his enemies lick the dust! 10 May the kings of Tarshish and of the coastlands render him tribute; may the kings of Sheba and Seba bring gifts! 11 May all kings fall down before him, all nations serve him!
12 For he delivers the needy when he calls, the poor and him who has no helper. 13 He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy. 14 From oppression and violence he redeems their life, and precious is their blood in his sight.
15 Long may he live; may gold of Sheba be given to him! May prayer be made for him continually, and blessings invoked for him all the day! 16 May there be abundance of grain in the land; on the tops of the mountains may it wave; may its fruit be like Lebanon; and may people blossom in the cities like the grass of the field!
17 May his name endure forever, his fame continue as long as the sun! May people be blessed in him, all nations call him blessed!
18 Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things.
19 Blessed be his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory! Amen and Amen!
20 The prayers of David, the son of Jesse, are ended.
Hezekiah's Empire of Judah is considered to be as successful as King Solomon - the light green portion under the Assyrian Empire. Not a puppet state. Small independent and shipping all over the world. Egyptians wanted honey from Judah. Archaeology is still finding the amazing numbers of clay sealed products. A Bee, is in the clay as a stamp, a lot of times.
All of these maps are supported by history. Some guess Solomon's reign went all the way to the Euphrates River of Babylon.
In particular he continued his father's very profitable relationship with the Phoenician king Hiram of Tyre (see 'wealth' below); they sent out joint expeditions to the lands of Tarshish and Ophir to engage in the trade of luxury products, importing gold, silver, sandalwood, pearls, ivory, apes and peacocks. Solomon is considered the most wealthy of the Israelite kings named in the Bible.
Hezekiah's Judah is smaller than Israel, and yet the landmarks and the archaeology shows us Hezekiah did not marry into Egypt and instead Egypt was ladden with the produce of Israel.
Solomon begins his kingdom set in the lap of luxury for a king, by his father King David.
Hezekiah has to have war and belief to attain what he accomplishes.
Solomon said the Hand of Blessing and the Hand of Woe is the same of Father God.
Hezekiah had to abandon all the teachings of his earthly father to attain His Empire. Gambling on God, instead of the nest egg his father wanted Hezekiah to present to the Assyrian army as a client/puppet state. Isaiah was there. God does help us. The trust in God provided the framework against impossible odds. The people were vastly in support for God, Himself.
David, of course, began in war. And in discovering how harsh life can be, David forged his belief system and ran a country remembering him 3 millenniums later.
We are learning - the Hand of God might have woe and might have vast struggles. When Solomon attained the great age of 80 years - he saw - "All things work together for good - for those who Love the Lord an work according to His Purposes."
Recently, I went over things from the year 2006 I considered loss, a long, long list - and realized 11 years down the road - it was the most unfortunate - and - Amazingly Highly Blessed Year of God's Purpose Unfolding to Good. Purposes has flipped over to see fully the good.
Again we learn, Thank God for the circumstances that appear harsh - and later hold the Blessing of God Himself.
In all circumstances, help us to know, You see much further for our good. Our Hope and Future.
In tired times, in repeat times, in victory not to feed ego times, in times you want to complain, understand God sees further. His mercies renew each day, remember. Even at the end of a day of work and repeat.
Bless the days we have those to love. Even on tired days of limited sleep. Even on the days you have to be reminded. Remember. THANKS.
We will see the Good.
In the expectation we find in Luke 3, we place ourselves, our needs, our loved ones, health prayer points, and the people God had given us. God has heard our prayers. Jesus The Lord God, Amen.
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