My Country Tis of Thee…
The counsel of the Lord standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations. 12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; (Psalm 33:11-12 KJV)
Samuel Francis Smith wrote the words to the beloved patriotic song, “America,” in 1831 while a student at Andover Theological Seminary located in Andover, Massachusetts. Before I continue with today’s blog, let’s read his heart-felt lyrics from both verses one and four together:
My country, ’tis of thee, Sweet land of liberty, Of thee I sing;
Land where my fathers died, Land of the pilgrims’ pride, From ev’ry mountainside Let freedom ring!
Our fathers’ God to Thee, Author of liberty, To Thee we sing. Long may our land be bright, With freedom’s holy light, Protect us by Thy might, Great God our King.
Amen! Amen! Like so many fellow Americans, I, too, stand concerned over our “Sweet land of liberty.” It seems that so many have forgotten the “cost” of Freedom and the “cost” of Liberty. Many have forgotten that “blessings,” ALL BLESSINGS come from above; from God and not of ourselves. We are a people, a nation, indebted to God and to our Founding Fathers for making America what it is today….
But, without God-fearing, God-serving men like Samuel Francis Smith and a host of other patriotic Founding Fathers as well as modern-day patriots, our much-taken-for-granted Freedoms and Liberties are highly at-risk. The Freedoms and Liberties we enjoy today may soon be gone with the winds of time if “WE THE PEOPLE” don’t wake up and arise from our deep sleep!
We are a Christian nation built upon Christian values, Christian principles, and Christian standards found within the literal pages of God’s literal Holy Word, the Bible. We do not need to apologize to any nation, tongue, kindred, race or creed for our blessings bestowed upon us by the mighty Hand of God; our Heavenly Father through His Son, Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We are a people called out for God’s purpose, God’s design, God’s plan, and God’s timing; not man’s.
In less than two weeks, Americans will go to the polls to elect a new President, Commander-in-Chief. Once again, liberties will prevail…But, what if those liberties are soon taken away? What if the very man put into office as our nation’s leader turns and betrays the very voters he deceived? Oh, my friend…It can happen…Just look back at history…Our prayers needs to include the words, “God Save America from ALL sins and evildoers…Amen….”
We must Pray and Seek God’s Face and Guidance in ALL matters and issues of life. (II Chronicle 7:14)… We cannot allow a “few” to silence the voices and hearts of the “Majority.” We cannot allow corrupt policies and blatant lies to govern our lives and that of our children’s and grandchildren’s. We must seek God’s Hand in our nation’s future; if there is to be a future…For only a nation whose God is the Lord shall stand the test of time.
We must not back down. We must raise the Christian banner high…There is far too much to lose; more than any of us can ever imagine. Oh, how my heart breaks this morning for my country; for its leaders; for its people. We must come together united in Spirit and in Wisdom that only God can send upon a land. For no one man or no one political party can rule the hearts of man; only God.
This morning, let me ask you this question….If you are an American, who are you voting for? Who will prevail? Which candidate will win this election? Right now, only God knows, even though our media services engage in great debate to predict and declare who “is” winning and who will win to become our nation’s 45th President…
Oh, Let Freedom Ring to the leader who will not abuse our nation’s power nor turn their back on our nation’s constitutional foundation that includes liberty and justice for all….And, to me that includes the innocent lives of our unborn children and the protection of the Biblical definition of Family…One man and One Woman …For Americans, there is so much at stake…
Maybe, the right answer can be found in the man from Massachusetts, Samuel Francis Smith, “My Country Tis of Thee….” In other words, “My Country COMES from Thee O, Lord…Let Thy Mercies Ring!”
Today, Let our hearts rejoice in the fact that no man can take away or take away from what God gives! And, my friend…America, I believe, belongs to God!!! Hallow be Thy Name…In His Service; Amen!!!
Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T Rollins, Author
@copyright by Lin T Rollins 2012