Words from the Heart for Tuesday July 4th, 2017
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.
Psalm 33:12 (KJV)
Blessed is the Nation
This is a promise for each and every nation. On this 4th of July take just a few minutes to pray for our neighbours on their national holiday. The Lord desires to bring both blessing and renewed hope to the land. “God bless America.”
William Henry Pope was a native of Bedeque, Prince Edward Island. He was educated in England and returned to Canada to study law. Besides being a lawyer, Pope was the editor of PEI’s main Tory newspaper, The Islander, from 1859 to 1872. In 1863 he entered politics, and was a host at the Charlottetown Conference the following year. George Brown, the founder of the Globe, which was a Liberal newspaper in Toronto at the time, stayed with the Popes during the Conference. Pope was an enthusiastic supporter of Confederation and when the island’s legislature voted against joining union, he resigned from the Cabinet and continue to press for PEI to become a Canadian province. When PEI did join Confederation in 1873, Pope was appointed a county court judge by his brother James, who was Premier at the time.
Over the past few days we have been celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday. In communities across the country, our nation’s special birthday has been the source of much joy and pride. Today is the 4th of July, the national holiday in the USA. People all around the world take the time to celebrate their own nation’s birthday. This has always been the case. The world has long been divided into political entities, formed by a common language, religion, culture or history. The Bible speaks of nations – as a record of God’s dealings with the world, it points to the role of nations. Psalm 33:12 perhaps one of the best known verses on God’s desire for the nations of the world. It says “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.” Specifically, this is speaking about Israel. They were God’s chosen people and through them He revealed Himself to the world. That was a unique relationship. But the principle is appropriate for any nation filled with those who have put their faith in Him, through Jesus Christ. The redeemed people of God act as salt and light in any culture, and speak up for Biblical truth and righteousness. Through prayer, we bring God’s blessings on the nation. As we continue to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, how can you bring God’s blessings upon our country? Take steps to do so.
These have been words from the heart.
For stories of how Canada was founded on Christian principles, see our new book ‘One Dominion’