(Proverbs 20:28 KJV) Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upholden by mercy.
What does it mean to “preserve” (5341) the king? It is a fairly frequent word in Proverbs. It’s basic meaning is to guard or protect. Obviously, we don’t have a king and countries that still have them don’t give them much power. So substitute the national leader of choice. Leaders are guarded and protected by “mercy” (loyalty NASB) (2617a) [chesed] and “truth” (571).
“Truth” is not just a correspondence between evidence and words. The definition includes the ideas of firmness and faithfulness. It is almost like it is an action noun. The kind of leader we need is one who is not only in contact with reality but is willing to stay the course.
So? As of now the latest round of elections are over. I trust that you voted with truth seeking feet. The results are in God’s hands. Pray that the path of the future will be right and that those in charge will be firm and faithful to the task.