Psalm 81:8-12 “Hear, O my people, and I will testify unto thee: O Israel, if thou wilt hearken unto me; There shall no strange god be in thee; neither shalt thou worship any strange god. I am the LORD they God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it. But my people would not hearken to my voice; and Israel would none of me. So I gave them up unto their own hearts’ lust: and they walked in their own counsels.”
As a part of his 1863 proclamation for a Day of National Humiliation, Fasting, and Prayer, President Lincoln declared the following:
“We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!”
Lincoln rightfully recognized our national complacency. God had blessed our nation in amazing ways. He had brought us out of our Egypt. He had filled our wide-open mouths. Yet, we had not hearkened unto His voice.
We must recognize our national complacency today. We must see that God has still blessed our nation in amazing ways. He has filled our wide-open mouths. Yet, we are not hearkening unto His voice.
PLEASE PRAY THAT AMERICA WOULD RETURN TO THE GOD OF OUR FOUNDING. We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven and yet we are not hearkening unto Him.