Daily Devotional: Psalms 60:1-12
1 You have rejected us, O God, and burst forth upon us; you have been angry--now restore us! 2 You have shaken the land and torn it open; mend its fractures, for it is quaking. 3 You have shown your people desperate times; you have given us wine that makes us stagger. 4 But for those who fear you, you have raised a banner to be unfurled against the bow. Selah 5 Save us and help us with your right hand, that those you love may be delivered. 6 God has spoken from his sanctuary: "In triumph I will parcel out Shechem and measure off the Valley of Succoth. 7 Gilead is mine, and Manasseh is mine; Ephraim is my helmet, Judah my scepter. 8 Moab is my washbasin, upon Edom I toss my sandal; over Philistia I shout in triumph." 9 Who will bring me to the fortified city? Who will lead me to Edom? 10 Is it not you, O God, you who have rejected us and no longer go out with our armies? 11 Give us aid against the enemy, for the help of man is worthless. 12 With God we will gain the victory, and he will trample down our enemies.
While our nation has never really been a Christian nation, it was founded upon Biblical principles and most (but not all) of the founding fathers were believes in God. Most of them believed in Jesus as the Son of God and they believed that the Bible was inspired and to be followed. God has blessed us with many freedoms and has made us a prosperous nation. He has allowed us to be a world power.
What is even better than all the physical things this has given us, is that freedom has allowed the gospel to be preached freely and has given opportunities for it to be spread around the world. It was in large part because of this nation that both the restoration and reformation movements of the religious world were allowed to flourish. These caused many to rethink and study his word for themselves and as a result, has opened the door for many to come to the Lord.
We must never forget that God uses the nations of the world (including ours) to carry out his purpose. But he can use wicked nations the same as he can use those that trust him. He chastises and even punishes those that do not respect him as God and live by his precepts – and we are not exception. You and I cannot change our nation but we can each see that our home is godly and do our part as we pray for our nation and our leaders. May God use us to his glory.
O Lord God, giver of life and also ruler of all nations, I come to you this morning with thanksgiving for the United States of America and for the many freedoms and the many opportunities we have here. Thank you for those who founded our nation and for so many who have defended our freedoms. But even more than all this, I thank you for your spiritual nation, your church and for all those who have devoted their lives to you and who seek to do your will. In Jesus name.