6/30/19 - A Nation Whose God is the Lord
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people He has chosen as His own inheritance.” (Psalms 33:12)
As our country approaches another anniversary this week, we look back at our beginnings and give thanks. We give thanks for the men and women who left their homelands to form a society where God is honored. Though Hollywood likes to portray our forebears as greedy landgrabbers (and some of them were), most of the early settlers had a profound reverence toward the true God and sought to follow His word. Many of those settlers were fleeing the oppression of the state church and persecution to a new home where God’s word, instead of the pope or the king, guided their lives.
Many years ago, King David penned this psalm in praise to God for His care and protection of the nation of Israel. We can see from the Old Testament record of how God delivered Israel from bondage, oppression, and evil time and again. When Israel was faithful to God, they were richly blessed, and when they followed after idols or their own way, they were punished. There is an underlying truth in the song that a nation is blessed, not because of who they are, but blessed when they seek and follow after God.
God has richly blessed America and other nations of the world when they followed the precepts of His holy word, the Bible. The greater the influence of the Bible in any nation, the more that nation will learn and enjoy the blessings of God. That does not mean that we can measure godliness by financial prosperity. God sees beyond the outward displays to hearts of men and women of every nation, language, and people.
Our society is fully of symbols denoting reverence toward the true God, the God of the Bible. Our motto, found on our money and many other places, is “In God We Trust.” In our pledge of allegiance, we proclaim, “One nation under God.” Our national anthem (fourth verse) says, “Blest with vict'ry and peace may the Heav'n rescued land praise the Power that hath made and preserv'd us a nation!” Pictures of Bible characters and quotes from the Bible are found on many of our government buildings, monuments, and symbols.
The truth of the Psalm must not be lost on our world today. God has the power to raise up or put down kings, rulers, and whole nations. He honors with blessings those who acknowledge Him as their God and follow the moral principles in His word. Alexis de Tocqueville is often credited to have said, “America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great.” Military might, great wealth, educational institutions, bustling industry, and great influence may seem invincible to all but an all-powerful God. If we want to keep the great free society we have with all the blessings we enjoy, we need to call people to Jesus Christ the Lord and the righteousness He brings to this world. “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord!” -Roger-