Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance. (Ps. 33:12)
Expanded Passage: Psalm 33:12–22
It is incredible to see how often the founding fathers and leaders of the American nation have referred to God, from its birth to the present day. The Declaration of Independence mentions God several times. Some lines from the patriotic song “God Bless America” read, “Let us all be grateful for a land so fair, as we raise our voices in a solemn prayer.” “Under God” is added after “one nation” in the Pledge of Allegiance. We find this line, “And this be our motto: ‘In God is our trust’” in its national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” “In God We Trust” is their official motto. All this reveals their belonging to God.
The unknown author of Psalm 33 saw the blessings of a nation whose God is the Lord, one which he chooses for his inheritance. They emphasized God’s transcendence, omniscience, and omnipotence to see all the actions of humankind on earth. At the same time, the writer warned leaders not to trust in their military strength for security, but to believe in God to deliver them from death and in times of trouble. Finally, the psalmist concluded by renewing his trust and hope in God.
However great American powers may be, America is truly great when she recognizes God as her recourse in the nation’s darkest times. May God’s blessings and peace continue to overflow in the nation.
Continue to pray that God blesses America in all respects.
Handy Calixte is the national director of Christian education for L’Église Wesleyenne d’Haïti. He is pursuing a master of divinity at Wesley Seminary and studying biblical Hebrew at Israel Institute of Biblical Studies.
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