Thursday, July 2, 2020

Celebrating Our Freedom

The beginning of July marks a time of celebration for the United States of America. As we look back on our country’s history, it becomes easy to see that this is a special nation. Even today, there are areas of the world where one cannot protest, cannot voice their opinion, or cannot even go to a religious service without fearing for their life. We may be experiencing a tumultuous year, but this doesn’t mean that we forget to celebrate our freedom with our families, our churches, and our friends. Let us pause and reflect upon a prayer that David lays before God. Found in 2 Samuel 7:18-29, this excerpt of Scripture takes place immediately after David’s mistake of believing that he needed to build a temple for God in order to please Him.

18 Then King David went in and sat before the Lord, and he said: “Who am I, Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? 19 And as if this were not enough in your sight, Sovereign Lord, you have also spoken about the future of the house of your servant—and this decree, Sovereign Lord, is for a mere human! 20 “What more can David say to you? For you know your servant, Sovereign Lord. 21 For the sake of your word and according to your will, you have done this great thing and made it known to your servant.
22 “How great you are, Sovereign Lord! There is no one like you, and there is no God but you, as we have heard with our own ears. 23 And who is like your people Israel—the one nation on earth that God went out to redeem as a people for himself, and to make a name for himself, and to perform great and awesome wonders by driving out nations and their gods from before your people, whom you redeemed from Egypt? 24 You have established your people Israel as your very own forever, and you, Lord, have become their God. 25 “And now, Lord God, keep forever the promise you have made concerning your servant and his house. Do as you promised, 26 so that your name will be great forever. Then people will say, ‘The Lord Almighty is God over Israel!’ And the house of your servant David will be established in your sight.
27 “Lord Almighty, God of Israel, you have revealed this to your servant, saying, ‘I will build a house for you.’ So your servant has found courage to pray this prayer to you. 28 Sovereign Lord, you are God! Your covenant is trustworthy, and you have promised these good things to your servant. 29 Now be pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever in your sight; for you, Sovereign Lord, have spoken, and with your blessing the house of your servant will be blessed forever.”

Let us freely worship our Lord and place Him first and foremost in our lives. While we must do our part to fight for freedom and to fight for justice, true resolution won’t be achieved in the physical realm, but upon the battlefield of spiritual warfare. In other words, the devil who lies and deceives continuously will not be vanquished until God is invited to the battle. Let us give praise that Christ has already declared His victory. Let us be thankful that our freedom is not dependent on the works that we do for Him. Indeed, just as how David points out in verse 21, the Lord has chosen to bless us first because He has always loved us first. Let us rest in this truth before we speak and engage with others. We truly are blessed tremendously to live in this nation. Let us not forget this, lest we spurn the one who gave us such an incredible blessing to begin with. Thank you Lord! God bless America.

Have a wonderful holiday weekend!

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