Here is a great paraphrase of Psalm 137 that is very fitting for this Memorial Day weekend. It comes from Psalms Now by Leslie Brandt:
How grateful we are, O God,
for our great country
for the blessings You lavish upon our land!
How concerned we are, O God,
that our very nation may become our god
and that we worship the gifts rather than the Giver!
Is it possible, O God,
that our laws may circumvent Your will?
that our freedom may place chains on others?
that our wealth impoverish someone?
that our power may came by way of another’s weakness?
that our enemies may be those who are obedient to You?
Dare we pray, O God,
that You take away those things that come between us and You?
that You raise up men who will oppose those institutions and those citizens
who carelessly, even unconsciously, equate patriotism with allegiance to You?
We do pray, O God,
that our nation be restored to YOUR objectives
and that Your children who abide in this land
dedicate their lives to You and Your purposes.
Hear our prayer, O Lord, on this Sunday before Memorial Day. Please hear our prayer and revive our land. – Bill Welte is President and CEO of America’s Keswick
Written by Bill Welte, President/CEO of America’s Keswick: Bill has been married to his childhood sweetheart for 40+ years and has four married kids and 12 amazing grandkids. He loves music and is an avid reader.
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