This idea of leadership extends to nations, as well as businesses. Typically, Kings rule for life. They have a vision for the Kingdom, and hope to pass the crown down through generations of their sons. They have much more at stake than a President who only has the office for one or two four year terms. The first term's vision is often to get re-elected. The second term's vision is to repay the folks who got him there, and grease as many palms as possible to ensure his rise to wealth when leaving the office. There is no carry over, no personal investment in the country, no heritage to leave for future generations in the minds of many career politicians.
It was not so in the Kingdom of Israel, particularly in the reign of King David, who was promised by God Himself that the dominion of his throne would endure forever. Many of the Psalms were written by David, though people disagree about how many. One which is certain to have been written as his last, according to tradition, and even says that it was written as a prayer for Solomon as he was taking over the throne and David was dying, is Psalm 72. Yet, some still say it was written by Solomon, though that contradicts the internal evidence. This Psalm is a lovely prayer for Solomon as a leader of the people, and more than that, for the nation to endure as a godly people.
Keep in mind that the Psalms were grouped into 5 books, much like CD Albums, and were not grouped in order of writing. Many include the authors' names, and the occasion of writing, as does "track 72," in the second "album" that extends from 42 to 72. This "album," o collection of Psalms is called the Exodus section, because in it they sing of the nation in ruin, and call out to God for deliverance. They speak of how God is able to rescue His people. Psalm 42 begins by crying out for God’s presence in a dry wilderness experience. The singers plead with God for deliverance from enemy oppression. The book finishes with Track 72, a prayer of David for Solomon. The final verses also praise God for His power and might, and His glory. Also, notice that this book (album,) like the first three books of Psalms (albums) ends with a double "Amen, and Amen."The last two books end with "Amen. Praise you the Lord."
I've given quite a bit of background for a purpose. This reveals a structure to the Psalms. The structure points out the purpose. Nothing God has done was done without purpose. So, now to wander gingerly into this jewel of a Psalm, which was after all, David's last song. I will paste the song in below, and substitute a few words as the whim strikes me. Substitutions are bold capped, and extra inserted words are in bold red caps. If you are troubled by my substitutions, don't think of them as taking license with the Scripture, but rather applying them to the here and now.
Give the PRESIDENT your judgments, O God, and your righteousness unto the VICE PRESIDENT. He shall judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice. CONGRESS shall bring peace to the people, and the GOVERNORS, by righteousness. THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE shall judge the poor of the people, DFACS shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the TAX CODE. THE POLICE FORCE shall fear you as long as the sun and moon endure, throughout all generations. INFLATION shall come down like GAS PRICES: as UNEMPLOYMENT RATES DROP TO the earth. In his days shall the GNP flourish; and abundance of peace so long as the moon endures. He shall have dominion also from sea to SHINING sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth. They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him; and his enemies shall lick the dust. The kings of THE MIDDLE EAST: IRAN, IRAQ, SAUDI ARABIA shall bring presents: the kings of YEMEN AND OMAN shall offer gifts. Yea, all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him. For he shall deliver the needy when he cries; the poor also, and him that has no helper. He shall spare the poor and needy, and shall save the souls of the needy. He shall redeem their souls from deceit and violence: and precious shall their blood be in his sight. And he shall live, and to him shall be given of the gold of YEMEN: prayer also shall be made for him continually; and daily shall he be praised. There shall be a handful of grain in the earth upon the FARMS of the BREADBASKET STATES; the CROPS thereof shall TRAVEL AROUND THE WORLD and THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST shall SPREAD like the grass of the earth. His name JESUS shall endure forever: his name JESUS shall be continued as long as the sun: and men shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call JESUS blessed. Blessed be the Lord God, the God of THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, who only does wondrous things. And blessed be his glorious name JESUS forever: and let the whole earth be filled with his glory; Amen, and Amen.
The prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended.