In Psalm 33:11-12 we read, "The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD…" As you observe our nation’s Memorial Day this weekend may you pause to reflect on the blessings of our liberty dearly paid for by others. And at the same time, pledge yourself anew to be a faithful steward of those freedoms you have been granted. As you do this:
Remember the principle expressed in Luke 12:48 "…For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required."
Remember the words of Abraham Lincoln, "Unless the great God who assisted George Washington shall be with me and aid me, I must fail. But if the same omniscient mind and mighty arm that directed and protected him shall guide and support me, I shall not fail, I shall succeed. Let us pray that the God of our Father may not forsake us now."
Remember the words in the prayer during the inaugural address of President Ronald Reagan, "May we remain, one people, under God, dedicated to the dream of freedom that you have placed in the human heart."
Remember the seldom used words of the 4th stanza of our national anthem,
O thus be it ever, when free men shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just;
And this be our motto: "In God Is Our Trust!"
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
Over the land of the free and the home of the brave!
Thank God you not only have national freedom paid by the sacrifice of many, but you also have a spiritual freedom from sin that was paid by the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Perhaps the best song that spells this out is the hymn "Statue of Liberty" (Copyright 1974 and 1975 by Neil Enloe Music Co., Mechanicsburg, Penn.)
In New York harbor stands a lady, with a torch raised to the sky;
And all who see her know she stands for liberty for you and me.
I'm so proud to be called an American, To be named with the brave and the free;
I will honor our flag, and our trust in God, and the Statue of Liberty.
On lonely Golgotha stood a cross, with my Lord raised to the sky;
And all who kneel there live forever as all the saved can testify.
I'm so glad to be called a Christian, To be named with the ransomed and whole;
As the statue liberates the citizen, so the cross liberates the soul.
Oh, the cross is my Statue of Liberty; It was there that my soul was set free;
Unashamed I'll proclaim that a rugged cross, Is my Statue of liberty.
I trust the attached sermon "Blessed is the Nation whose God is the Lord" will be a blessing to you as you thank God on this Memorial Day.
In His Amazing Grace,
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