We still put our hopes in kings, or presidents, or good government. Not so much has changed since the days of King David.
I think that's why Isaiah's message from this morning's reading caught me off guard. God had warned the Israelites that he was the only true king; that in placing their hopes in an earthly leader, they looked to an earthly savior and turned their hopes away from Him. Things looked good for Israel when King David captured the fortress of Zion and made Jerusalem his capital city. That was where the king was to reign for centuries. Or I should say, where one king after another was to reign, some kings being better than others but none being perfect.
How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news ... who says to Zion, "Your God reigns!" (from Isaiah 52:7)The good news in the capital city was not that there was another fallible human in whom to place hopes, not even that there was a better-than-average fallible human in whom to place hopes. The good news was that our hopes do not rest on our government, on who reigns in the capital city here or anywhere else on earth. The good news proclaimed to the capital city was, "Your God reigns."
It was a bold proclamation to a capital city that even a good king isn't really running the show. And it was seen as good news.