God inspired the democracy of America by sheltering persecuted believers in Jesus in a new land, to teach that true liberty is “under God”, not monarchy; the whole world saw for the first time a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people.”
Ancient Israel existed under a covenant with God called the Law of Moses.
America exists as “One Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all”, under a covenant called the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America, the two most important documents ever created after the Bible’s history of Israel.
As recorded in the Hebrew Scriptures, Israel violates its covenant with God so often that God gives up on them, exiling them into slavery. Now, in 1 Chronicles, a remnant of Israel is returning home. The author wants them to remember where they came from and how they can return to the never-ending love of God.
David’s prayer in Chapter 16 reminds America what we have lost and must recover if we are to avoid the same fate as Israel and practice perfect unity with God. If you wonder whether this prayer of David is important, consider that it appears twice more in Psalms 96:1-3 and 105:1-15!
Taken straight from 1 Chronicles 16:8-36, how much of this prayer are we declaring as a nation today?
- Make God’s great deeds known among all the people of the world?
- Sing praises to God?
- Let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice?
- Seek God’s strength and presence continually?
- Remember God’s miracles and the judgments he has uttered?
- Remember his covenant forever, the word he commanded…?
- …Which he confirmed as a statute (which we call the rule of law)?
- When you were few in number and of little account, he rebuked kings on your account?
- Tell of God’s salvation from day to day?
- Declare his glory among the nations?
- For great is the Lord and greatly to be praised?
- For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols compared to he who made the heavens?
- Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness?
- Tremble before him all the earth?
- Let the earth rejoice, and let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns”?
- His steadfast love endures forever?
- Save us, O God, and deliver us from the nations?
- Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting?
But Jews and Christians must continue to proclaim these truths regardless of opposition. It is up to us to appeal for deliverance from the inevitable judgment of God resulting from our national rejection of God.
I would add, for those who are uncomfortable quoting ancient Hebrew Scriptures, simply add the Trinity to your proclamations: the God of Israel; Jesus, God’s son and Messiah; and the Holy Spirit, given to us personally by Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross for our salvation.
We have marvelous stories to tell! Proclamations of liberty flow from the heart of God through us, unless we block them. They are not to be dammed by forgetful and ungrateful men and women.
The future of our liberty depends on proclaiming our unity with God!