Each year, near Thanksgiving, we set aside a full broadcast to let listeners express their thanks to God. This is especially important today when our nation is in crisis like never before.
The idea of America remembering God is nothing new. Abraham Lincoln laid down a proclamation for a national day of fasting in March of 1863. Here’s what he said that’s so pertinent to us in our day:
“Whereas it is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon, and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord…”
Later he went on to say:
“We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.”
It behooves us, then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.”
The list of problems in our nation is very long. Unfortunately, in too many instances, we seek other sources for solutions rather than going to God himself for guidance or to simply praise Him for who He is and the many wonderful blessings He’s bestowed upon us, the most important one being salvation through His Son.
This broadcast was dedicated for just that purpose. To begin, Jim read Psalm 103 and then he invited listeners to express what it is they’re praising and thanking God for.