Today as Americans watch parades and firework shows, the songs of patriotism are heard on the radio; sung with reverence and pride. These words and melodies are the sounds of liberty and belief in a freedom of the citizens of this the greatest country in the world; a belief that all mankind have a right to the pursuit of happiness.
On the 30th of June congregations and individuals across America voiced their prayers together for divine intervention and a blessing upon our country. Many prayers were voiced. Many prayers were held in the heart. Many prayers were sung, for the song of the righteous is a prayer to God. “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord and Jesus Christ;” Ephesians 5:18-20
The congregation in which I attended on the National day of prayer all stood and sang together the National Anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner”. This great patriotic song is indeed a hymn, a prayer to God as the words say:
“Blest with victory and peace, may the Heaven rescued land praise the power that hath made and preserved us a nation! Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just, and this be our motto; ‘In God is our trust!’” by Francis Scott Key
Another great song was sang and it too is a hymn to God, “America the Beautiful” penned by Katherine Lee Bates.
“America! God mend thine every flaw, confirm thy soul in self-control, Thy liberty in law.”
“America! May God thy gold refine, till all success be nobleness, and every gain divine.”
“America! God shed his grace on thee, and crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea.”
by Katherine Lee Bathes
Today those two prayers are again sung along with other songs of praise and faith in a divine providence for blessings upon our country. An American Favorite is “God Bless the USA” penned by Lee Greenwood.
“Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land, God bless the USA.” by Lee Greenwood
And so we pray as we sing the songs of patriotism as the early patriots sang songs of praise to God in hymns of prayer such as the hymn, “Now Thank We All Our God” by Martin Rinkhart.
“Oh, may our bounteous God through all our life be near us, With ever joyful hearts and blessed peace to cheer us, and keep us in his love, and guide us day and night, and free us from all ills, protect us by his might.” by Martin Rinkhart 1586-1649
Now I would like to share with you what I imagine could have been a prayer offered by George Washington:
Lord I kneel before Thee in humility,
And ask of Thee to hear my plea,
This battle has raged long enough,
Carnage of war weakens the tough,
Look upon us now with Thine tender mercy,
Heal our wounds so that we might see,
The way of our deliverance,
Give us courage on battlefronts,
For e’vry single moment of victory,
The honor we shall give to Thee,
May this country be ever strong,
With bells of freedom ringing long,
Lest we forget Thy aide to our victory,
May our children tell the story,
How Thee, our God, showed us the way,
And preserved our freedom this day,
May this our country always remember thee,
So as people we may stay free.
I have no fear of future fate,
For I am small and Thou art great,
I know Thou wilt make this a noble country.
by Reneta Adamson
God bless each and every one of us he