Sonny Day Devos – Fourth of July

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Fourth of July 
Happy Birthday, America

 

Happy birthday to this land

From mountain peaks to coastal sand,

From pilgrims brave to astronauts

The joy of freedom fills our thoughts.

With pride we claim this land of ours.

But then our eyes turn to the stars.

The hand of God has brought us here

And from His praise we must not veer .

“In God we trust,” our motto reads,

Across the years He filled our needs.

It was not man who made us great.

It was the Lord. There’s no debate!

So Happy Birthday to this great land.

For God still holds us in His hand!

 

Devotional

 Psalms 33:12-15 (NIV)

 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,

    the people he chose for his inheritance.

13 From heaven the Lord looks down

    and sees all mankind;

14 from his dwelling place he watches

    all who live on earth-

15 he who forms the hearts of all,

    who considers everything they do.

 In the opening verse, the Psalmist alludes to the unique favor placed upon Israel, “the people he chose for his inheritance.” However, the context immediately following also associates God’s blessing to “all mankind.”

 Undoubtedly, the writer was specifically thinking of Israel when writing these words, but, given the complete context, I think it is also fair to say that the words, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” can be applied by all nations who honor God.

 Our nation certainly has reaped that blessing. Happy birthday, America!

How could You Not Cry?

At these videos?

I recently commented on my great Aunt’s Facebook about how this is not the America in which she grew up. I asked what we are celebrating this July Fourth. Someone replied that, to them, it was like celebrating the birthday of a loved one whom weknow is dying. That is precisely how I feel. It is bittersweet to think of all the things that made America great: hardworking people with integrity and honor, a community that honored Christian virtues, even those who did not share the faith. It was something to be proud of. But somewhere along the way, my parents’ generation mostly, decided this nation no longer needed God. Its values, and now even its Constitution, are considered archaic.

So, goodbye sweet America, by your own insistence God has darkened your lampstand.

As for the rest of us….this is not our home. There may be rough days ahead, but let us walk in the Spirit and keep our hope fixed upon the glory that awaits, ever working, ever occupying,until we hear that Trumpet and see His face.

This next video is perhaps my favorite song of all time. May it encourage and motivate you as it does me.