WEDNESDAY February 22, 2017
George Washington’s Birthday
Blessed be the Lord, Who daily loads us with benefits,
the God of our salvation! Selah - Psalm 68:19
Psalm 68 is a song of praise to the God of Israel. His people acknowledged and expressed their gratitude to the Lord who provided, protected and in His divine providence led them. He was their God and they were His people (Deuteronomy 14:2). The Jewish nation was to be a spiritual light to the surrounding nations. God in His love and providence provided a way for all nations to come to know of His salvation: I will also give You as a light to the Gentiles, that You should be My salvation to the ends of the earth(Isaiah 49:6).
Christianity began with Christ: …the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch (Acts 11:26). The Gentiles––heathen nations, were shown the grace of God because of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ––amazing! Through receiving salvation, they became grafted into a Jewish lineage (Romans 11:11, 17). The Pilgrims came to America in search of religious freedom and Christianity spread. America became founded upon Christian principles and our first President––one of the Founding Fathers, George Washington was a Christian.
The United States has been blessed by the Lord. We need to continue to acknowledge the Lord for His provision, protection and His divine providence in leading this nation. We must never forget that He is the God of our salvation. Seriously, we also need to be diligent as parents and grandparents to pass down to our children and our grandchildren the knowledge of God, His infinite character and His ways to them. Why? Sadly, the knowledge of God is no longer taught in our schools––can you believe that?
What students would learn in American schools above all is the religion of Jesus Christ. It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favors.
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