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July 2, 2018

Independence Day Dependence

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens!

2 Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness!

3 Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp!

4 Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe!

5 Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals!

6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!”

Psalm 150 (ESV)

You have heard them before, but as we approach our national Independence Day holiday of remembrance on July 4, it may do us all well to read them again—

When in the course of human events…We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…”

We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world…do…solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States;…”

And for support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”

And then perhaps to re-read verse six of Psalm 150 with me—“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!” In a way, those fifty-six signers of the Declaration of Independence did just that—they praised and honored God and what they believed He called them to do to establish this great nation.

They may not have done it with a trumpet, harp, tambourine, dance, or cymbals, among other ways the Psalm mentioned, but they praised and honored God with the sacrifice of their very lives. They mutually pledged and sacrificed everything that was theirs, including in some cases their lives—to and for each other, for their families and this great nation—America, founded under the Divine, watchful and caring eye of God.

And for what they did for us then—and also for what those since then have done to build upon that and stand in the gap for us to protect us and this nation—we should pause, not just this week, but every week, to honor and praise them. And also to commit to sacrifice as they did—for each other and this nation. And I would venture a guess, that when we do, we as a country will begin to rise and move toward all we can be and should be together, under God.

But as we look around today, you can’t help but wonder how many understand that, and the roots, the foundation and heritage of this great nation. Amidst the noise, vitriol, hateful rhetoric, disrespect for, and disregard of our laws, I can’t help but wonder.

Maybe we need to go back to the roots of this nation, by returning as individuals and as a nation to the Supreme Judge of the world, asking for the protection of Divine Providence. Maybe we need to go back to that relationship with God through Christ. To that commitment to follow Him and to be like Him. To follow the One who gave it all for us, who sacrificed His very life for you and me, and those who rejected Him and hung Him on the cross.

Maybe we need to start there by praising and honoring what He did for each of us on that cross. Maybe that will cause us to focus not only on what is important in our lives, and how to live our lives and treat others today and for eternity, but also to refocus us on the truth that our nation was established with the guidance of the hand of God.

Because that’s where our liberty and our freedom as a people rise from—the Lord our God. In God and His Son. We become the best as people and a nation, from the work, protection and lift of His mighty hand. It all comes from Him. And when we commit to Him, He will begin to bring healing and unity. When we turn back to Him, and declare our dependence on Him—we will become all we were created to be.

This week is where we pause to remember our roots, our heritage as a nation, and to honor and praise all those who founded this great land, and those who have stood in the gap for us. It’s also a time for us to commit to do the same, to take up the mantel of responsibility they carried for us and for this nation.

Maybe it best starts by giving praise and honor to that Supreme Judge, for His Divine Providence way back then and today. And for what His Son did for each of us on the cross. Maybe it starts by celebrating this Independence Day by declaring our dependence on God.

What if verse six of Psalm 150, we read above, was rewritten to read—

Let everything and everyone that praises the Lord, have breath!”

How would we be doing? Just something for you and me to think about.

Praise God for what He did for each of us, and praise God for America!

Happy 4th of July to each of you, and your families and friends.

In His Name—Scott

Copyright 2018. Scott L. Whitaker. All rights reserved.

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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