Our Gift from God
“The God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are a gift from God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, and that His justice cannot sleep forever.”
— Thomas Jefferson (Inscribed on his Memorial)
“If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at the moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages there the loyalty of the soldier is proved. And to be steady on all the battlefields besides is merely flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point.”
— Martin Luther
Psalm 11:1-7 For the choir director: A psalm of David.
(1) I trust in the LORD for protection. So why do you say to me, “Fly like a bird to the mountains for safety! (2) The wicked are stringing their bows and fitting their arrows on the bowstrings. They shoot from the shadows at those whose hearts are right. (3) The foundations of law and order have collapsed. What can the righteous do?” (4) But the LORD is in His holy Temple; the LORD still rules from heaven. He watches everyone closely, examining every person on earth. (5) The LORD examines both the righteous and the wicked. He hates those who love violence. (6) He will rain down blazing coals and burning sulfur on the wicked, punishing them with scorching winds. (7) For the righteous LORD loves justice. The virtuous will see His face.