“The Lord is the strength of His people; He is a stronghold of salvation for His anointed.” (Psalm 28:8 CSB)
Americans swell with pride and emotion when we hear songs like, “God Bless the U.S.A.” Some of us well up with tears when we hear the national anthem or see an American flag. National pride is a great “feel-good.” Is it adequate, however, as a source of strength for a nation?
Americans greatly support our military. Young men and women even today are on battle fronts, putting their lives on the line on foreign soil for the sake of freedom and democracy. A strong military is a truly wonderful asset for a nation with positive values, but is it adequate as a source of strength for a nation?
Freedom is almost an indescribable wonder. So many peoples around our world are basically in pain because of the domination of tyrannical rulers. Many have never known what it means to be “pain free.” They tend to accept their status as is and can even refer to the small amount of freedom they have as freedom. To have the level of freedom we enjoy in America, however, is almost unparalleled elsewhere. But is freedom a source of strength for a nation?
There is only one real Source of strength for a nation, and that is the Lord. That nation whose national trust is in the Lord is the nation that knows what true strength is. That is the nation that is invincible.
Lord, Help our nation to return to You as its national Trust. Help us to see that true strength is found only to the degree that we trust in You our Strength. Amen