The Nation God Blesses (Part 1)

In 1956, the words “In God we trust” became the official national motto of the United States. However, those words go back further than that. One of the first times the motto was expressed is found in a verse from Francis Scott Key’s 1814 poem that became our national anthem: 

And this be our motto: In God is our trust.

And the Star Spangled Banner in triumph shall wave,

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Hundreds, even thousands, of years before the United States began, the Psalmist wrote these words:

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” (Psalm 33:12, NKJV).

The Psalmist was speaking of Israel when he wrote those words. And, from a spiritual standpoint, Israel as a nation enjoys the unique, covenantal blessing from God.

However, the Bible also says that righteousness exalts a nation (Proverbs 14:34), and that promise extends to every nation in history, including the United States. The history, the ideals, the heritage, and the laws of our nation are rooted in God, in the Christian faith, in Bible, and in God’s Son, Jesus Christ.

And, across our history, America has been blessed.

The geography of our nation is a blessing from God. We are protected from attack on our eastern and western borders by two great oceans. Within our borders are natural resources including rich land that feeds our nation and much of the world, as well iron, coal, and oil. The beauty of our land includes majestic mountains, vast canyons, painted deserts, mighty rivers, and primeval forests. Someone has well said that we didn’t put any of these things in America, but we were blessed to discover and enjoy them.

The people of our nation are a blessing from the Lord. America has produced statesmen, military heroes, engineers, philosophers, artists, musicians, poets, novelists, scientists, inventors, preachers, Christian workers, missionaries, and other leaders. More than that, the strength of our country has been found in every Americans citizen who has contributed to our nation by fulfilling their unique calling in life, whatever that may be.

From our beginnings, the American ideal has expressed the value of people. The Declaration of Independence says: “All men of created equal.” Slavery, segregation, and racial and ethnic prejudice are reprehensible parts of our past, and, sadly, parts of our present in some quarters. As we have moved through our history, however, America has moved closer and closer toward the ideal of being a nation based not on ethnicity or race, but on equality, justice, and dignity.

The system of government in our nation has been a blessing from the Lord. The United States Constitution, drafted over 200 years ago by our Founding Fathers, has not only provided stability and strength to our nation, but has helped our nation extend freedom to people around the world. In America, a child born in poverty has the opportunity to work for a better life. In America today men and women can think and speak and follow their consciences without fear. In America, we can worship Jesus Christ and proclaim His gospel without persecution, even when our message is unpopular. These liberties are blessings that God has given to us.

Suggested Bible Reading

Psalm 33

Prayer Guide

As you pray …

Thank God for His blessings on our nation.

Take a few moments to list at least 10 blessings He has given you personally.

Give Him praise and glory for His goodness and kindness to you and to our country.