“Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song;
he has become my salvation.” –Isaiah 12:2
There are many things that can strike fear into the heart of a nation. In the years following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, we have feared off-course planes, envelopes with white powder, and threats from extremists around the world. We take as many precautions as we can, all the while fearing that something, sometime will slip through and cause harm. Fear is tough to live with and causes a nation to react in man-made ways that are not always godly.
The Bible often warns us not to be afraid. The reason given is that God is our salvation. Salvation doesn’t always refer to eternal life or heaven. It often means deliverance from the enemy. Psalm 32:7 says, “You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.” Isaiah reminds us that when a nation (or person) trusts in the Lord, He steps in and brings salvation. When we experience the Lord’s deliverance, fear is replaced by songs of joy, as Isaiah declares in today’s text. Has the Lord become your song?
Ask the Lord to help the United States to learn to trust Him for our salvation as a nation.
Confess (agree with God) that the Lord is indeed the salvation for our nation.
Lord, I agree with Your Word that You are our salvation. I believe that for my nation. Help us as a nation to cast aside fear and trust in You. Lord, do a mighty work in the hearts of Your people in the United States that brings about a national shift in priorities and confidence. We trust in You, Lord. Become our strength and our song!
Adapted from Desperate for Change by Dr. David Butts, PrayerShop Publishing, 2012. The full devotional is available for purchase at www.prayershop.org