[PC-USA] 2013-11-13 - Veterans Day

Updated from 1997-11-11

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Today's devotional is presented in tribute to, and appreciation of, those who have found it necessary to fight to secure and preserve our freedoms. In some countries, even today you or I could be tortured, imprisoned - or worse - for openly worshipping our Christian God, and we could easily arrive at our church service, only to find that the building had been burned by terrorists. Let us thank God for those who have sacrificed, so that we and others can have freedom of religion. And may we never give up, until it is so for all people around the world. As our soldiers sacrificially fight for justice, freedom and those who need our protection and assistance, God will help them.

As the "man after God's own heart," David, wrote in Psalm 144:1-2 (NASB):

Blessed be the Lord, my rock,
Who trains my hands for war,
And my fingers for battle;

My lovingkindness and my fortress,
My stronghold and my deliverer,
My shield and He in whom I take refuge,
Who subdues my people under me.

Of course, the ultimate goal is peace, as the Apostle Paul poignantly reminds us in 1 Timothy 2:2 (NASB):

First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.

We will leave you with a hymn, written in an earlier century, by William Carpenter:

O God, the Strength of those who war,
O God, the Strength of those who war,
The Hope of those who wait,
Be with our sons gone forth to fight,
And those who keep the gate.

Give to our hosts in battle's hour
Firm hearts and courage high,
Thy comfort give to those who fall,
Thy peace to those who die.

Breathe on our land the spirit calm
Which faith in right bestows,
And in the hours of dark suspense
A faith which stronger grows.

In Thee alone we place our hope,
Thou Keeper of the just,
And Thou, through fight and fire and fears
Wilt justify our trust.

Thy ways are wonderful, O God,
Who makest wars to cease:
O let this be the final war
That ushers in Thy peace.

Oh God, the Strength of Those Who War
William B. Carpenter, 1704, Public Domain

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