One thing I am convinced of is that a man worthy of being called a king is a man who answers to the call of God upon his life by speaking against injustice; a man who speaks up for those who are being crushed.
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed.”
This proverb was written by King Lemuel; it was a teaching of his mother. The passages that precede this one list the attributes of an honorable king. An honorable king is one who does not give himself to women that take away his strength; he does not indulge in sexual pleasures. It also states that kings do not drink and become drunken because they might forget the Law of the Lord. Keeping the Law of the Lord is the most important attribute in a king. Proverb 31:8 is declaring that a king or a leader appointed by the Lord speaks up “for those who cannot speak for themselves.” This is an attribute of a man appointed by the Lord; he is just and defends the oppressed. The NLT Study Bible states, “Rather than opening his mouth to drink wine, the king should speak up on behalf of the defenseless” (1068). This means that a man chosen by God answers to His calling and does not indulge in worldly desires, but instead, he focuses on ensuring God’s Will comes to pass. Your Lord wants to use you, oh king appointed by God. Answer His calling upon your life!
Likewise, I am sure of this: a woman who is worthy of praise is a woman who is dressed in the splendor of the Lord.
“She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.”
The woman of Proverbs 31 is a woman of noble character who exemplifies wisdom. She is “clothed with strength and dignity,” her strength draws from the Lord, and her dignity is also found in the essence of the Lord. The word “clothed” is stated in past tense which suggests that she was, is, and is continually dwelling, living, and walking as a woman of strength and dignity. Moreover, her thoughts are sound, she is not afraid of the uncertain future because her trust is in the Lord; the One who holds the future. This is a woman who knows her God, thus, the Lord is the one who dresses her with His splendor. Ask the Lord to dress you in His splendor, woman of the Most High King.
Tyndale. New Living Translation Study Bible, Burgundy, Bonded Leather. S.l.: Tyndale House, 2008. Print.