Summary: Liberty is not the right to do as we please, but the opportunity to please to do what is right.
" Blessed is the nation who’s God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance" Psalms 33:12
Introduction: French writer Alexis de Tocqueville, after visiting America in 1831, said, "I sought for the greatness of the United States in her commodious harbors, her ample rivers, her fertile fields, and boundless forests--and it was not there. I sought for it in her rich mines, her vast world commerce, her public school system, and in her institutions of higher learning--and it was not there. I looked for it in her democratic Congress and her matchless Constitution--and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great!"
Transition: Have we as a country ceased being good, being great? Thankfully not completely! One thing you must know we are a blessed people! God has shed his grace on us…from the tip of Texas to the top of Alaska…from the Eastern seaboard to the West coast were a blessed people! Why? Are we somehow a special people… a people that have earned, achieved our place in history? I believe that for American in particular, history is "His Story". Furthermore I believe as we near the Fourth of July celebration…. the answer to the "Why’s" of our being blessed is found in the Old Testament book of Psalms 33:12.
While the context is referring to the nation of Israel, God has specially blessed us too as Americans! And we will be reminded today that we as Christian Americans owe a debt we can never repay for those who came before us sought the Blessings of God for this great country. The cry today in every home and every heart should be "God Continue to Bless America "
" Blessed is the nation who’s God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance" Psalm33:12 Notice today that God will continue to Bless America, when He is our very heart, when we desire to continue to be a nation who’s God is the Lord!
I. "Blessed is the Nation who’s God is the Lord"
The Psalmist of course is writing of the favor of God for the people of Israel. If we had time it would be quite apparent that the writer is teaching that: The best laid plans and intentions of the nations and the peoples are frustrated by God, if they are out of keeping with his own plan and intention. The nation who’s God is the Lord, the people whom he has chosen as his own possession will be blessed! Broadman Bible Commentary PG 237 John I. Durham
It’s apparent that a nation and a people can choose not to follow God, to refuse to be led by his mighty hand. You see a blessing wouldn’t be waiting for those who do seek him, if people by choice could by there own free will say a resounding "No" to God!
What I want us to remember today is those who came before who pioneered this land did so more often than not with great faith and a certainty that the hand of God led them! Liberty there’s and ours was the result of so great a faith!
Peter Marshall, before the U.S. Senate said it ever so well in a prayer many years ago. "Lord Jesus, thou who art the way, the truth, and the life; hear us as we pray for the truth that shall make all free. Teach us that liberty is not only to be loved but also to be lived. Liberty is too precious a thing to be buried in books. It costs too much to be hoarded. Help us see that our liberty is not the right to do as we please, but the opportunity to please to do what is right."
I am so thankful for men and woman of courage, who were willing to state that there God was the Lord! People who did the right thing! Why have we been blessed these many years? The secret isn’t really a secret at all, in the sophistication of our current society many assume that it’s because of intellect and ability that’s resulted in America being a "land of plenty". Our hearts know the real answer! " Blessed is the nation who’s God is the Lord"
Fifty-six men signed the Declaration of Independence. Their conviction resulted in untold sufferings for themselves and their families. Of the 56 men, five were captured by the British and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons in the Revolutionary Army. Another had two sons captured. Nine of the fifty-six fought and died from wounds or hardships of the war. Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships sunk by the British navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts and died in poverty.