The sun came out again today, and I was taking a break, enjoying the weather, when this hymn swept me into its arms. I thought I’d better post it–especially this closing verse.
Our fathers’ God to thee, author of liberty, to thee we sing.
Long may our land be bright, with freedom’s holy light!
Protect us by thy might, great God our King!
Our country, and indeed the whole world, is in the most terrible trouble. Sin, folly, wickedness, war: we are in dire need of God’s protection, in desperate need of repentance and God’s grace. We need your grace, O LORD, and need it now.
In Jesus’ name, Amen!
I don’t know about you, but these words stir my soul: “Long may our land be bright with freedom’s holy light: protect us by Thy might, great God our King.” What can we say but “Amen”?
Happy Fourth of July, everybody. May God restore our country.
I would like to say yes–although with “Pride [Shame] Month” only just over, it might get me hassled by Herod’s Men.
But before we completely surrender our heritage to those who would erase it, let’s consider this verse of one of our patriotic anthems, My Country, ‘Tis of Thee:
“Our fathers’ God, to Thee, Author of Liberty, to Thee we sing!
Long may our land be bright, with freedom’s holy light:
Protect us by Thy might,
Great God our king!”
Does that sound like a passel of atheists to you?
Our country needs our prayers!
We have to thank Phoebe for requesting this: My Country ‘Tis of Thee.
And I had to hunt around for a rendition which included all the verses–especially the last, and most important, one.
“Our fathers’ God, to thee, author of liberty, to thee we sing! Long may our land be bright, with freedom’s holy light: protect us by thy might, great God our King!”
O Lord, how we need your protection now! We are so dangerously near to losing our liberties. Defend us, O God! Avenge the crimes committed against our country by wicked and ungodly persons, many of whom have crept into high public office. Bring us to repentance, Lord: bring us, like the Prodigal Son, back to our senses. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
The first prayer of the Continental Congress
Just a thought… If ours is not a Christian country, what are these words doing in “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee”?
Our fathers’ God, to thee, author of liberty, to thee we sing;
Long may our land be bright with freedom’s holy light;
Protect us by thy might, great God, our King.
In better times than these, we used to sing this in our schools.
What’s he doing, posting a patriotic song? We’re supposed to have a hymn!
But pay attention to the lyrics of the last verse. …Protect us by thy might, great God our King. Other countries have no king but Caesar; but happy is that people whose God is the Lord (Ps. 144:15). The song is called “America,” but the words could apply to any country. No nation can do any wiser than to place itself under God’s protection.