Ruling a land according to the divine wisdom of God brings great prosperity, justice for all, and freedom to the people and joy in life. “Judah and Israel were as many as the sand by the sea. They ate and drank and were happy. Solomon ruled over all the kingdoms from the Euphrates to the land of the Philistines and to the border of Egypt.” (Vs 20-21).

Solomon wrote a song about it. It’s recorded in Psalm 72. Here is the first verse: “Endow the king with your justice, O God, the royal son with your righteousness. He will judge your people in righteousness, your afflicted ones with justice. The mountains will bring prosperity to the people, the hills the fruit of righteousness.… In his days the righteous will flourish; prosperity will abound till the moon is no more.”

Mountains of prosperity and hills of righteousness only come to a nation when God is acknowledged. Georgia Anne Geyer wrote: “If anyone thinks there is not a direct and invaluable relationship between personal integrity in a society and that society’s prosperity, that person has simply not studied history. And this should not surprise us. Great moral societies, built upon faith in God, honor, trust, and the law blossoms because they are harmonious; because people love or at least respect their fellowman; because, finally, they have a common belief in something beyond themselves. It simplifies life immensely; you do not waste and spend your days fighting for turf, for privilege, for money and power over your fellowman.”

She concludes her comments with this: “Alexis de Tocqueville said it best when he realized even at the very beginning of our national life, “’America is great because America is good. If America ceases to be good, she will cease to be great.’”

“Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.” Philippians 2:2