And Hezekiah prayed to the Lord: “Lord, the God of Israel, enthroned between the cherubim, you alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth.”
2 Kings 19:15 NIV
In 1897 Rudyard Kipling composed a poem entitled “Recessional,” where he reminds readers not to forget what is not to be obliterated. In the poem, he underscores the phrase “lest we forget”:
God of our fathers, known of old,
Lord of our far-flung battle-line,
Beneath whose awful Hand we hold
Dominion over palm and pine—
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!
The phrase is then adopted to capture the significance of remembering the soldiers fallen in war, and it has become widely known for the occasion of Remembrance Day.
The world is filled with gods. It is said that Hinduism has 33 million. That doesn’t include family gods that are worshipped only by people of one particular family. People are going to worship something. Here in Canada, gods are whatever take first place in people’s lives – it’s usually sports or entertainment, sex or money. The Bible describes all of these as gods who are not gods at all. There is only one true God and He has revealed Himself first through His Word, and ultimately through the person of Jesus Christ. Far back in the history of the people of Israel, In 2 Kings 19:15 we read: “And Hezekiah prayed to the Lord: ‘Lord, the God of Israel, enthroned between the cherubim, you alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth.” In Hezekiah’s day, every nation had their national god. There was never any sense that those gods had any authority over another nation. Only Yahweh, the God of Israel, is the Lord over all the kingdoms of the earth. Is He your Lord?
These have been words from the heart.