Scripture Passage: Psalm 78:1-6
America did not just happen; America was a gift from God. However, it seems as though the virtues and values upon which this nation was built have been trampled. What legacy are we going to leave for the generation to come? What is the America of tomorrow?
It could look like Psalm 78. In this passage, God had blessed the nation Israel, delivered them from the chains of slavery, and brought them into a good land. Yet, they defiled the land, denied the Lord, and disobeyed the new law. If we want to avoid the judgment given in Psalm 78, we must heed to this ancient truth in today's world, following three practical ways.
First, we need to review our history:
- As a country: America has a distinct spiritual heritage. We must teach our children America’s history of trusting in God.
- As a family: How did your family come to know Jesus? Do your children know the story of how the Gospel changed their heritage?
- As a church: It is crucial to remain rooted in the infallible Word of God our churches were built upon.
- As an individual: We must understand and acknowledge what God has done in our lives and tell the generation to come.
- The lust of the flesh; rather than thanking God for blessings, Israel asked for more, testing His graciousness.
- The lure of the world; they broke God’s heart by forgetting Him, renovated the nation to exclude the One upon whom it was built.
- The lies of the devil; the one who steals, kills, and destroys was behind it all.
Next, we need to renew our memory. As a nation, we have three evil principalities at work, trying to manipulate our perspectives. We see them here in Psalm 78:
Finally, we must reclaim our legacy.
Adrian Rogers tells us, “Not only is God our greatest hope, God is our biggest threat. And the nation that was born in 1776 must be born again or we will join the graveyard of the nations.”
The America of tomorrow depends on our decision to reclaim our legacy. We have to do the best we can with what we’ve got, every chance we get.
Apply it to your life
Our only hope is to review our history, renew our memory, and reclaim our legacy. For the sake of the generation to come, repent, and turn to God.
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