Memorial Day (Psalm 33:12)
Psalm 33:12, Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD: and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.
Memorial Day is about remembering. Today is a day to remember the brave men and women who have served and given their lives for our freedom. The men and women who have given their lives for the cause of freedom are heroes for their courage. They didn’t fight because a brutal dictator forced them to advance his regime. They gave their lives for the God-given right of freedom. They fought to preserve the freedoms with which God has blessed our nation; the very freedoms that give us the liberty to worship our God. Memorial Day is an important national moment. It is a day to do more than relax by the pool, grill, fish, or etc. It is right and wise to remember the great sacrifice some have paid to preserve the historically unprecedented civil and religious freedoms we Americans have the luxury to take largely for granted. May we pray the Lord blesses us with spiritual and political leaders who will honor and obey the Lord.
Psalm 103:1-5, Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: As Americans, we have great privileges and freedom because of the high price that has been paid by heroes of the past and present. As Christians, we have even greater privileges and freedom because of the high price paid by Jesus for our salvation. It is vitally important that we never forget the many good things that God does for us each day nor the cost that was required for the benefits we enjoy.
Because God knows better than we do how forgetful we are of who He is and what He has done, He commands us to remember. Psalm 9:17, The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God. Psalm 106:13–14, They soon forgat his works; they waited not for his counsel: But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert. Psalm 78:42, They remembered not his hand, nor the day when he delivered them from the enemy. But the importance of Memorial Day is more for our future than it is for our past. It is crucial that we remember the horrors and why they happened. We forget them at our own peril. The future of the United States depends in large amount on how well we collectively remember and cherish what liberty really is and the terror of tyranny. There is a high cost to forgetting. In the words of George Santayana, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
There is a real danger when we enjoy great blessings that we can begin to take for granted and think that we deserve them. The more God does for us, the more grateful we should be. Just as we rightly set aside a day to honor our nation's heroes, we should also take time to give thanks to God for our spiritual liberty and His many benefits to us. Christians, today, may we take time to honor those brave soldiers by remembering them. Let’s not assume it will happen on its own, In the midst of our organized social activities today, let’s pause and let our mind and heart remember.
PRAYER: Father, I thank You mostly for Jesus and His sacrifice for my sins. In Him, I have freedom. I also thank You for the birth and the blessings for this great country. I resolve to make this day a time to honor and recognize the brave men and women who sacrificed for my freedoms and the freedoms of other nations. Stir my heart, Lord, with patriotism and thankfulness as I remember the blessing You have bestowed on this great nation. I ask You to minister comfort and peace to those who grieve and are suffering. May I respectfully honor all the men and women who presently serve in the armed forces. May they feel appreciated and supported this day and every day. In Jesus name, AMEN.
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