Faith and Freedom
Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.Psalm 32:7
Liberty is not an invention of man. Men invented slavery and made it into an institution, but God proclaims liberty throughout the land unto all the inhabitants thereof. The God of all truth guides us into truth, and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
There is a liberty that really is slavery. Much of America’s modern idolatry, the idolizing of freedom, has made slaves of us all. Ralph Dunkley’s State Farm Agency has a quote on their sign: Faith in freedom can keep us free. Wrong! Faith in God, the true and living God, will make us free and keep us free. But as it turns out, “faith in freedom” is really idolatry. Making freedom into your newest idol will bind us into slavery. And when we turn freedom into an idol, we lose that thing we worship.
Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me… thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Think about it. God makes us free, or we are not free. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
When we look to God for our deliverance and our salvation, when we rest on Christ, and have a relationship with God through Christ alone, then we have freedom. Our freedom, then, depends on Christ, not on the Federal Government, the Constitution, the Congress, the President, the Supreme Court, or Fox News.
With Christ, we have more freedom then any human institution could possibly give. Without Christ, we live as slaves in a free country.
As we worship, we celebrate our freedoms in Christ. American, don’t be lifted up in pride at the greatness of your country. Rather, be humbled by the freedoms and privileges God has granted you. Thank the Lord, and hide in him. He will preserve us from trouble. He will compass us about with songs of deliverance.