God bless America! How thankful we are that He does, indeed, bless us with the hard-earned freedoms we enjoy. Let’s pray for continued freedom in our land.
Eternal Perspectives by Sally Bair
God of our Fathers
In 1876 in commemoration of our country’s one-hundredth birthday of the Declaration of Independence, a pastor of a rural church in Vermont wrote a hymn, “God of our Fathers.”
“I remain a country parson known only within my own small world,” said Daniel Roberts. The humble pastor’s unique hymn won the admiration of the people, and it was sung for the first time at Brandon, Vermont’s Fourth of July celebration.
The hymn causes us to consider not only the cost of our freedom from England’s oppressive rule, but the cost of our spiritual heritage of freedom from sin. May we always remember our freedom in Jesus Christ, who died a cruel death for our sakes. The hymn also reminds us of God’s continual, dependable love for us.
“God of our fathers, whose almighty hand, Leads forth in beauty all the starry band Of shining worlds in splendor through the skies, Our grateful songs before Thy throne arise.
“Thy love divine hath led us in the past; In this free land by Thee our lot is cast; Be Thou our ruler, guardian, guide, and stay, Thy Word our law, Thy paths our chosen way.
“From war’s alarms, from deadly pestilence, Be Thy strong arm our ever sure defense; Thy true religion in our hearts increase, Thy bounteous goodness nourish us in peace.
“Refresh Thy people on their toilsome way; Lead us from night to never-ending day; Fill all our lives with love and grace divine, And glory, laud, and praise be ever Thine.”
The Psalmist reminds us how God’s marvelous intervention in history is worthy of our praise. God bless America! “We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us, the deeds You did in their days, in days of old: You drove out the nations with Your hand, but them You planted; You afflicted the peoples, and cast them out. For they did not gain possession of the land by their own sword, nor did their own arm save them; but it was Your right hand, Your arm, and the light of Your countenance, because You favored them.” (Psalm 44:1-3)
Lord, thank You for the freedoms we enjoy in our country and for the indescribable freedom we have in Your Son, Jesus, who loves us so much, He willingly suffered and died on the cross for our sakes. Help us remember every day that through You, we can be free from sin and eternal damnation. In Jesus’ name, amen.