Happy July 4th/Independence Day!
Today, I thought I’d post something I put together some time ago about this day. It’s called: “The Glory given to America on Independence Day belongs to God!”
Psalm 66:1-9 says: “Shout joyful praises to God, all the earth! Sing about the glory of His name! Tell the world how glorious He is. Say to God, ‘How awesome are your deeds! Your enemies cringe before your mighty power. Everything on earth will worship you; they will sing your praises, shouting your name in glorious songs!’ Come and see what our God has done, what awesome miracles He performs for people! He made a dry path through the Red Sea, and His people went across on foot. There we rejoiced in Him. For by His great power, He rules forever. He watches every movement of the nations; let no rebel rise in defiance. Let the whole world bless our God, and loudly sing His praises. Our lives are in His hands, and He keeps our feet from stumbling.”
So today I wanted to talk about how we celebrate today.
- First, what’s independence day all about? What are we celebrating, and why?
- How do we celebrate this day?
- What’s our focus on this day? The song dedicated to this day is the Star Spangled Banner (when you click on the link, notice that there are 4 paragraphs, and the only one sung and known is the first). Does this (part that’s known and sung) mention anything in it about God? What does this song glorify?
- Did God have anything to do with the results of the war that gave us the reason for such a celebration? (see the psalm verses 1-5)
- When we wave around our flags, where the colors of our country, and shoot off fireworks, is our focus really on God?
- Verse 6 talks of the great things God did to help Israel defeat the Egyptians and gain freedom from them. How can we update these events that God did to make it say what He did for those who fought for America’s freedom?
- Notice also in Verse 6, that after we learn of what the Lord has done, it doesn’t say, “Great is the Nation Israel! Great are we, who defeated the Egyptians! Blessed be the banner that we are holding up for our people!” Notice also that today, Jews don’t say, “Let us wear all the colors of our flag and praise the people who walked across the Sea to get here!” Instead, to this day, Jews celebrate this event with a holiday called, “Passover”, and they give all the glory to God.
- What else has God freed us from, and how are we freed from this/these?
- Looking at verses 8-9, where should our praises be? Why?
- Can we celebrate America’s Independence Day in a way that gives all the glory to God? If so, How?