“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance,” Psalm 33:12.
In 2008, I had my first opportunity to stand in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia and see the Liberty Bell. It really is not anything that special, it is just an old brass bell with a big crack in it. It is not a lot different than the old bell we used to ring at church camp back when I was a kid.
The Liberty Bell has significance because of what it represents. It was used to mark the signing and first public reading of the Declaration of Independence. This was the document that proclaimed America’s independence as a sovereign nation.
What struck me about the bell was the Scripture engraved around its crest. It’s a portion of Leviticus 25:10 and it states, “Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.” For a nation that was founded on the guiding principle of freedom, these were pretty fitting words! It was also refreshing to see that God’s Word marked the symbol that represented our nation’s founding.
In today’s passage we see that it states, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” Sure, we know that in the context of this verse that nation that is spoken of and referred to as “the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance” is Israel. But the message of blessing to the nation who recognizes the true God as Lord is the same.
I want to be a part of a blessed nation because a blessed nation is a blessed people. Pray for our country. Pray that people will come to Jesus for salvation and return to the Lord for guidance.
Will you take a moment and pray for our nation?