MY COUNTRY ‘TIS OF THEE

My country tis of thee – who is the “thee” referred to in this song?  Read the lyrics and you’ll see that it is God.  Somehow, God has gotten placed in the background somewhere and we’ve forgotten to give Him the honor due Him.

Samuel Francis Smith wrote the lyrics to “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” in 1831, only 55 years after the Declaration of Independence had been signed.  Marian Anderson performed the song at the Lincoln Memorial in 1939.  Martin Luther King, Jr. recited the first verse of the song toward the end of his famous, “I Have A Dream” speech at the same location, on August 28, 1963. Crosby, Stills & Nash performed the song on Jay Leno’s Tonight Show, following the September 11, 2001 attacks.

The song has raised a patriotic fervor whenever sung.  Maybe we should start singing it at the beginning of every day.  The words continue to instill hope when we realize that God is really the founder of our nation.  His miraculous intervention with the events leading up to our independence were apparent, as a ragtag army of everyday men went up against the most powerful nation in the world.

That small group grew into a great nation itself, and though it has problems of its own, it remains the best country, where freedom continues to ring.

1
My country, ’tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty,
Of thee I sing;
Land where my fathers died,
Land of the pilgrims’ pride,
From ev’ry mountainside
Let freedom ring!
2
My native country, thee,
Land of the noble free,
Thy name I love;
I love thy rocks and rills,
Thy woods and templed hills;
My heart with rapture thrills,
Like that above.
3
Let music swell the breeze,
And ring from all the trees
Sweet freedom’s song;
Let mortal tongues awake;
Let all that breathe partake;
Let rocks their silence break,
The sound prolong.
4
Our fathers’ God to Thee,
Author of liberty,
To Thee we sing.
Long may our land be bright,
With freedom’s holy light,
Protect us by Thy might,
Great God our King.

So as we don our red, white and blue today, let’s never forget the One who purchased our freedom from sin – Jesus, Christ.  Because of our God, our country has remained strong.  As soon as we return to His ways, we will once again be blessed as a nation.

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!

 

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About atimetoshare.me

As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on Amazon.com.
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4 Responses to MY COUNTRY ‘TIS OF THEE

  1. oneta hayes says:

    An inspirational song – indeed we should sing it more often. Thanks for your reminder that it is in God we are blessed as we bless and seek him. I fear the edge at which we take him for granted. I love the “God bless America” theme but I think we should change it to “America Bless God.” They team up very well.

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      Great point, Oneta. We have grown away from God as a nation and turned to other idols. It’s time for a great revival of faith and turning back to our Creator to lead us forward. Have a great holiday!

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  2. Liz says:

    I recall singing this song in school as a child. A public school. Those were the days we were not so uptight with political correctness. We sang all the verses proudly and discussed their meaning. Sad our kids are not allowed to do that any more. I am sure it breaks God’s heart.

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      I agree with you, Liz. So many of the old traditions have been sadly lost for that reason. No matter what, we should be proud we of our nation and its roots. Thanks for stopping by and following my blog.❤️

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