"Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!" Psalm 33:12
On the fourth of July, we celebrated the 239th birthday of the United States of America! These patriotic parties usually involve a variety of activities whether it be parades, fireworks, BBQs, and other entertaining elements. One of those elements happens to be singing songs about the history of our nation. Some of these songs acknowledge God’s hand in establishing and preserving America. In fact, our national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner” originally had four stanzas, in which the fourth stanza speaks of this:
Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
Other patriotic tunes have even included God in the title of the song like, “God Bless America” and “God Bless the U.S.A.” However, singing songs about asking God to pour out His blessings, versus living in such a way that God promises to pour out His blessings, are completely two different things.
In the Scripture above, the psalmist had Israel in mind as the blessed nation and the Jewish people as His chosen heritage. Nevertheless, all those who have surrendered their lives to Christ and have committed to follow Jesus, can now be considered the people of God. Therefore, we individually may receive God’s blessings even when the majority of our nation has turned away from pursuing God. Furthermore, the true Christians of this nation can have a drastic effect on how God deals with America.
"Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people." Proverbs 14:34
Before we cry out to God to bless our nation, before we ask Him to prosper our country, we have to ask ourselves if America, as a whole, is truly a nation that should expect to be blessed by God. I believe that if we, on a national scale “bless” God, by turning from our sins, by seeking His will, by worshipping Him above all, He in return shall surely bless America.
So what should we as believers do in an unbelieving atmosphere?
1. We can pray to God asking Him to continue showing His mercy and we can pray for the people of our nation to turn back to God in repentance.
2. We can also live God honoring lives instead of just expecting God to bless us without being obedient to the commands and precepts contained in His Word.
3. We can praise and thank God for all that He has done for us because of His gracious love.
"Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits." Psalm 103:1-2
Bless God America and God Bless America!
Posted on Thu, July 9, 2015
by Sam Petitfils