In the Thoughts of the Highest

David speaks in wonder in the Psalms about why God would ever take notice of man.   Although Christmas has past, I am still marveling that the Lord would not only notice us, but that He would forsake the glory of heaven and become one of us, in order to save us.   That the way of salvation was for Him to become a human baby, to subject Himself to human growth, human infirmity, and the foibles of other humans, while knowing always that the crucifixion lay ahead, is a wonder of wonders.  Contemplating it brings marvelous tears.

He thought of us.  He looked upon us.  He loved us.  He came to us.  He died for us.  He saved us.

What is Man, that You think of him? Or the son of man that You care for him?

Joy unspeakable and full of glory!

America

How sweetly rings the bell of freedom, a nation has been born
Let tyrant fear and men rejoice, the Lord unsheathes His sword
To strike a blow at wickedness that rules from gilded throne
And shine His light across the land to take it for His own

How bitter is oppression’s price, which stained the nation’s clothes
With filth and shame of slavery etched on the backs of those
Who were not counted in the nation as men honorable and free
Blood shall be shed to wash that stain and bring all toward liberty

How boldly does the nation go to fight the enemies
Of freedom in those lands from whence it came to be
Twice returning to now foreign lands to fertilize the ground
With the blood of patriots in hope that freedom should abound

How costly is abundant wealth, when faith cannot be found
In hearts of men they say “God is dead!” and evil soon surrounds
The conscience of the land and sheds the blood of innocents
Mocking the valor of past men and all the blood that they had spent

Yet softly rings the bell of freedom in the hand of Providence
Calling this nation to return in humbleness and penitence
And be a beacon to the world of God’s abiding favor
In which He gave His only Son to be the nations Savior

Word for the Day

Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace: he spoke and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, you servants of the Most High God, come forth, and come here. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego came forth out of the midst of the fire. The satraps, the deputies, and the governors, and the king’s counselors, being gathered together, saw these men, that the fire had no power on their bodies, nor was the hair of their head singed, neither were their pants changed, nor had the smell of fire passed on them.  Daniel 3:27

Rebirthing Freedom

2 Chronicles 9:8
Blessed be the LORD your God, who delighted in you, to set you on his throne, to be king for the LORD your God: because your God loved Israel, to establish them forever, therefore made he you king over them, to do justice and righteousness.

The Queen of Sheba declared several things about Solomon as king:
1.  God delighted in Solomon
2.  God set Solomon on God’s throne
3.  Solomon was to be king for God
4.  God made Solomon king because God loved Israel
5.  God made Solomon king in order to establish Israel
6.  As king, Solomon was to do justice and righteousness

These statements should order our prayer and actions toward civil government.  We should pray that God raise up men that delight in Him and set them in positions of authority.  Men who fear God and who realize that they are accountable to Him.  Thus they strive for justice and righteousness in executing their office. We also intercede for the nation, asking God to have mercy on us and establish us in freedom and integrity.  The gospel is the seed, prayer is the water, men’s hearts are the soil, freedom is the fruit, and the Lord is the husbandman!