by J. Gerald Harris

America in Crisis
Dr. J. Gerald Harris
Psalm 85

We were told that it could happen. We never dreamed that it would. The devastation and death in New York City, the devastation and death at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, the plane crash in Somerset, Pennsylvania, it's mind boggling, it's heart rending and it ought to produce some soul searching.

Democratic Senator Christopher Dodd of Connecticut said, "We stand completely and totally behind our President. We may have our differences from time to time, but on a day like this, which rivals the attack on Pearl Harbor, we stand united behind our President and our government.

The President said in his first speech from the oval office, "Our country is strong. Terrorist acts can shake the foundation of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America."

He said, "These acts shattered steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve."

Before the President concluded his remarks he called the nation to prayer, and then he quoted from Psalm 23: "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me."

If you have listened to any of the television preachers this week, they are calling the events of this week "the beginning of the end," "the countdown to Armageddon," and "the judgment of God upon a secular nation."

I do believe that it is a wakeup call, but what I want to do this morning is give you a message of hope and encouragement. In fact, the first thing that I want us to consider is


Most scholars believe that Psalm 85 was written after the children of Israel had returned to Jerusalem from Babylon. As far as the eye could see there was debris and desolation. The Babylonians had done a thorough job of demolition. The temple was a heap of ruins. The wall of the city lay in heaps to the horizon.

Standing amidst the ruble and ruins of the Promised Land, the writer of this psalm looks up to God and he ...

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