Many hymns are embedded with powerful truths. One that comes to mind is a phrase in America the Beautiful that says: Oh, beautiful, for pilgrims feet, whose stern, impassioned stress a thoroughfare for freedom beat across the wilderness. Katherine Lee Bates who wrote these words near the turn of the 20th century (112 +/- years ago) was not only referring to settling the wilderness of this country but the wilderness of so many hearts and lives.
I can’t help but think of the many missionaries around the world whose feet are stressing (or hardening) the path (thoroughfare) to true freedom. Their passion is so strong they are willing to give up their entire selves to insure the freedom of just one other person.
Psalm 33:12 says: Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. Imagine the power that the United States would be blessed with if we were to get rid of the other gods worshipped in this country and make Him the One and Only leader of our lives. As another phrase of this well-known song says: May all success be nobleness, and ev’ry gain divine. Oh, Lord, make it so.
Ah, Lord, God, grant us the ability to believe so passionately that we too will make our lives more about others. Thank you for the social and political freedoms we have in America. Help us not to take this for granted. What a mighty God we serve.