Scripture: Psalm 47
Key verse: (8) God is king over the nations; God sits on his holy throne.
Reflection: This week we celebrate the birth of our nation and the many freedoms we experience. Our country has pursued the ideals of freedom, equality, and dignity. Sometimes we fall short of our own ideals, but throughout history, good leaders have called us again and again to embody them.
Today’s psalm reminds us of God’s role in our national life. God is king over the nations. God is the ultimate Lord over every earthly authority. God is the Creator, the Redeemer, and the Sustainer of it all.
As people of faith, we live out our faithfulness in our own context. For those of us living in the United States, we are called to be faithful to God here and now. We are also called to a faithfulness that supersedes any national allegiance or citizenship. We are citizens of God’s kingdom. We belong to God and we understand that God’s claim of Lordship in our lives will have priority and authority over all other claims. So as you celebrate this week, be reminded “God is king over the nations.”
Prayer: Almighty God, ruler of all the peoples of the earth, forgive, we pray, our shortcomings as a nation; purify our hearts to see and love truth; give wisdom to our counselors and steadfastness to our people; and bring us at last to the fair city of peace, whose foundations are mercy, justice, and goodwill, and whose builder and maker you are; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
(prayer by Woodrow Wilson, quoted from the PCUSA Book of Common Worship, p. 816)
Author: Millie Snyder
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].