A Born-Again Nation
Turn with me to the book of Psalms please, Psalm eighty. And in a few moments we're going to read together the first three verses of Psalm eighty. America and the world is in an unprecedented crisis. I believe it was Paul Harvey who said some time ago, "When little men cast long shadows, you know the sun is about to set." There's a little man in the Middle East, Saddam Hussein. He's cast a very long shadow, and today we are in a crisis. God alone knows what the next few days will bring. But we need a miracle for America. The title of my message this morning is just that, A Miracle for America.
I am convinced that this nation, a nation so blessed by God, the greatest nation I believe on the face of the earth today. This nation born July the fourth, 1776 in Philadelphia must be born again or we will perish. Perhaps some day, some historian will write the rise and the fall of the American empire. And may I tell you dear friend, that the nation Israel had a history very much like the history of America. Israel, like America, had a glorious heritage. Israel, like America, was the wonder of the world in her time. Israel, like America, had broken the gnawing and tormenting chains of Egyptian bondage, and had become a nation so glorious and so wonderful that all of the nations of the world were astounded at what God had done for her. And then Israel forgot God, and judgment came, and there was time of national calamity.
The Psalm that I have for you this morning, is a Psalm that was written in a time of national calamity. Begin to read with me in Psalm eighty verse one. "Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, thou that leadest Joseph like a flock: thou that dwellest between the cherubim, shine forth. Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh stir up thy strength, and come and save us. Turn us again, O God, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved." Turn us again, put us back O God like we were, restore us Lor ...
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