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  • Psalm Thirty Three

    Rejoice in being the children of God
    all who believe, for praise is the witness you bear.
    Sing of the Lord's love and power,
    play the harp, the psaltery, and the dulcimer,
    sing songs of the glorious love He has given you,
    play them proudly, for all to hear,
    for the word of God is truth and right,
    and all his works are worthy of praise.
    God loves righteousness and faithfulness,
    the earth is full of the works of God,
    by the will of God were the heavens and all who dwell there made.
    He gathered the waters of the sea,
    He lays up His wonders so all can see.
    Let the earth honor and respect God,
    let every creature stand in awe of our creator.
    For He speaks, and it is done,
    He commands, and it happens.
    The Lord brings the counsel of evil to their knees,
    their plans are undone in his sight.
    His counsel is eternal, His word stands forever.

    Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord
    and the people whom He has chosen as His own.
    The Lord sees us from heaven,
    He watches us as we live,
    From his throne He beholds the children of the earth.
    He makes their hearts of the same substance
    and considers the works of their hands.
    There is no king saved by the strength of his army,
    A mighty warrior is not saved by his own strength,
    no amount of wealth or arms can keep a man safe,
    the strength of a man does not lie in his body.
    The Lord looks down on each and every one of us,
    He knows who loves Him,
    He shows mercy to those who trust in Him,
    He delivers their souls from death,
    He feeds them in times of famine.
    Our souls wait upon the Lord,
    for He is our help and our shield.
    Our hearts will rejoice in Him,
    for we have trusted in His holy name.
    Let your mercy surround us, Lord,
    for we wait upon You.

    In a nation where the first amendment prohibits Congress from passing any law which grants privileges to any religion, I am constantly both amazed and amused by the occasional claims that we are a "Christian" nation. We are a nation of many faiths, and a nation where the faith of another is to be respected. So how do we know if the United States is a nation blessed by God?

    Over the last sixty years, it seems our Congress has gone out of its way to prevent people from displaying the signs of their faith so as not to 'offend' others. Nativity scenes are no longer allowed on public property at Christmas, and while the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus still survive, erecting three crosses in the park at Easter will certainly raise a stir. I sometimes wonder why the Supreme Court didn't go the other way and allow all religious symbols to be displayed on public property....oh yeah, the atheists. Oh, well.

    So how would it be possible that we could be 'one nation under God' when we seem to go out of our way to hide our faith in public, at least in venues where it might be encountered by others? Perhaps the atheists are right, perhaps we should take that out of the Pledge of Allegiance?

    Not a chance. 80% of the people of the United States identify themselves with some form of faith. While the majority of them are "Christians" in one form or another, we are probably the most diverse nation of faith in the world. We are, by definition, 'one nation under God'.

    So why aren't we blessed? Excuse me? Even in our current circumstance, we have the lowest rates of poverty and hunger, and have abundant opportunities for education and employment. We live in a nation where you are free to worship and believe as you see fit. We live in a nation where we are free to express our opinions of the government, even if they do not agree with the current administration.

    I submit to you we are greatly blessed by God, for we live in a nation where we can choose to praise Him in our daily lives, where we are free to witness our faith.

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