Summary: The promise was given by David, centuries ago: if any nation claims God to be its God and Lord, then that nation will be blessed. Our land laid claim to that promise years ago and true to His word, God has blessed this country bountifully.
A BLESSED BENEFACTOR
I. OUR BIOGRAPHY:
II. OUR BLESSINGS:
III. OUR BEHAVIOUR:
The Psalmist was correct when he uttered our text so long ago. A nation is blessed when it claims God as its Lord. History has been ripe with examples of the many nations who have served God and the results when those same nations have drifted away from their moorings and have ceased to follow God as a nation.
This sermon is not about other nations, as such, but it is about America and how blessed it has been, still is, by a Blessed Benefactor who still Blesses our country Bountifully. While we can enjoy these blessings daily, one has to wonder just how long the favors of God will last as we continue on our path way of liberalism and rejection of godly ways in so many areas of our national life.
I see three things here in this verse about a nation whose God is the Lord as the verse applies to America. The first thing I see is in regard to OUR BIOGRAPHY, what have we written, and what are we writing in the annals of history about God, His blessings and His care for us? How have we responded to His blessings? What will history say about what we wrote while we were a nation on this Earth? The next thing I note has to do with OUR BLESSINGS that God has given America over the years of our existence. While we cannot enumerate all of His blessings, there are many we can mention which have marked our land as a special land, which has been bountifully blessed by God. Lastly, I have to note OUR BEHAVIOUR as a nation in the light of so many mercies given to us by a great Bountiful Benefactor
I. OUR BIOGRAPHY: If there is one country who has written a well developed biography, it is America. From the first new comers to these shores, to the settlement at Jamestown, to the formation of our government, it seems that certain thing have been noted in the annuls of our history. Time has dulled some of the facts but by and large, the BIOGRAPHY of our land is open for all to read. The question then arises as to what is contained in these writings of ours?
The first has to do with our Birth of a nation. No other country started like ours. It started with the desire to worship God as one wanted to do and the notion grew until hundreds, thousands flooded our shore with the intent of honoring God as they wanted. There were many who came for other reasons but by and large, this was the driving force which helped create our nation and gave birth to a new land. From the first to the last movement of our new nation undergoing birthing pangs, the end result was that our Creator would be recognized as the One who created the government and set the course for a new ship of state.
With the birthing process under way for years only to be culminated in 1776, the rock bottom anchorage that guided this new land was the fact that we held certain Beliefs as a nation which were to become part of our very fiber. Without a State Church being organized and promoted, the underpinnings of our core Beliefs are that there was/is a God in Heaven and He sent forth His Son, Jesus who is called the Christ, to be the Redeemer of all mankind.