Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Old Shoes

May we never become just a cast-off shoe!
Gilead is mine; Manasseh is mine;
        Ephraim is my helmet;
        Judah is my scepter.
    Moab is my washbasin;
        upon Edom I cast my shoe;
        over Philistia I shout in triumph...”
    Oh, grant us help against the foe,
        for vain is the salvation of man!
    With God we shall do valiantly;
        it is he who will tread down our foes.
Psalm 60:7-8,11-12

I really wish David was in the praise psalms already!  I am tired of his lamenting, and yet I am compelled to write about it in a personal way.  I keep thinking about our American motto, "One Nation Under God."  Are we?  I think that we can all agree that we are so far from being the nation that our founding fathers designed and desired that we fail to live up to that motto in a miserable way.  We are under God, alright!  Perhaps under God's wrath.  Can we truly say, as He did about Gilead and Manasseh, that we are His as a nation?  Are we His helmet, like Ephraim, or His scepter, like Judah?  Or does He cast His old worn out shoes over us?

We are so determined that the right President, the right Congress, the right Justices, will make the difference for our nation.  Not so.  The psalmist said that vain is the salvation of man.  One man cannot do it.  Our armies and all of our defenses cannot save us.  In Psalm 33:17 we read: "The war horse is a false hope for salvation, and by its great might it cannot rescue."  Our only hope is in the great mercy of God.

Enough said.  "With God we shall do valiantly."  One by one, let us hold the banner high.  Let us be the ones who put our trust in the God of all grace.  Let us be the light that shines on a hill, illuminating for a dark world the glory of the Lord.



Cranberry Morning

We are a long way from being a Christian nation! But we still have this promise, that 'If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked way, then will I hear from Heaven and will forgive their sins and heal their land.' Did I quote that right?? Anyway, it's the responsibility of the Christian to humble herself before God, forsake her sins, and wait upon the Lord.


great post. our lives are in the hands of only one, God, not in any elected official.


So true. If the nation does not put God back into it, we are in big trouble worldwide. Great post as usual. I am not sure if there is a Godly man capable of being president anymore. Never hear much good news.

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