“He has founded his city on the holy mountain. The Lord loves the gates of Zion more than all the other dwellings of Jacob. Glorious things are said of you, city of God: “I will record Rahab and Babylon among those who acknowledge me— Philistia too, and Tyre, along with Cush — and will say, ‘This one was born in Zion.’ ” Indeed, of Zion it will be said, “This one and that one were born in her, and the Most High himself will establish her.” The Lord will write in the register of the peoples: “This one was born in Zion.” As they make music they will sing, “All my fountains are in you.”
Israel was and is a State where nationalism and patriotism are a really BIG deal. So big, in fact that some of Israel’s worship songs were written about the capitol city of Jerusalem. How is this a matter of worship? Because the Nation of Israel was committed to remembering where they came from and doing that involved remembering all that God had rescued them from and all the miracles He did for them and favor He showed them while their nation was young and basically helpless. For example, Israel exited Egypt as people who were used to being slaves, not soldiers. They owned tools, not weapons. Yet on more than one occassion, God intervened on their behalf–sometimes fighting for them, sometimes confusing their enemy so that they turned on and destroyed themselves and sometimes pulverizing city walls while Israel simply marched around singing praise songs (ALL of these events are not only recoreded in the Bible, but validated in secular historical writings, as well as geologically)!
God favored this Nation in a very public way and they remembered that fact on purpose!
Israel’s attitude about its Nation’s founding was a matter of public praise and thanksgiving to God! It should be ours as well! It’s gratitude for the favor of God in perserving the City of Jerusalem was something the entire nation acknowledged in thanksgiving to God and our should be as well!
We as people have enjoyed God’s favor, a benifit that’s historically come from founding our laws and government upon the principals taught in the Bible and by acknowledging Who God is and how we, as a Nation are dependant upon Him. I know there are those who have tried to deny America’s origins in Christianity but an honest, objective look at our constitution, declaration of independance or even researching the prayers of our presidents will prove otherwise.
We as a Nation, should thank and worship God for who He’s created and allowed us to be! Like Israel, we should remember that to humbly remember where you came from will undoubtedly help secure where you’re going!
Think about it!