“What You Can Do For Your Country ”. Psalm 44:1-3. Some Have Given All For Our Freedom. Revolutionary War 25,000 Civil War 750,000 World War 1 116,000 World War 2 405,000 Korean 36,500 Viet Nam 58,209
Revolutionary War 25,000
Civil War 750,000
World War 1 116,000
World War 2 405,000
Viet Nam 58,209
Terror (Iraq, Afghanistan) 67,017Total all 26 wars: 1,321,612
Psalm 44:1-3 – overriding theme: God is Sovereign He moves among the nations
“He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others” (Daniel 2:21, Rom. 13:1-5).
“The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord; He turns it wherever He wishes.” (Proverbs 21:1)
BE PEOPLE OF INTENSE PRAYER!
His works in your life – salvation, answered prayers, opportunities to serve
His works in American history * Gov. William Bradford, Mayflower Compact* Preamble to the Declaration of Independence“Great are His works; they are studied by all who delight in them” (Psalm 111:2).
A) For Those Who Wait on Him
“God works for those who wait for him” (Isaiah 64:4).
B) He Builds Homes - “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain” (Psalm 127:1).
C) He Gives Growth -“I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.” (1 Corinthians 3:6–7)
Vs. 3 – Not our doing… but by “His favor!”
Examples of God’s intervention in WW II* miracle at Dunkirk, May-June, 1940* first battle of El Alamein, July, 1942* D-day, June 6, 1944, Allies landing at Normandy
“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God” (Psalm 20:7).
"If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
Translated and applied: serve America by humbly turning to the Lord yourself!
As a widow, made 1st mission trip to Africaat age 70
Seminary degree = 81
Appointed SBC missionary thereafter
Built elementary school in Tanzania
Dozens of mission tripsafter age 81