I would encourage you to read all of psalm 115, but in particular, we will look at verses 9-11, which say, “O Israel, trust thou in the LORD: he is their help and their shield. O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield. Ye that fear the LORD, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.” Let’s get into God’s Word. According to Webster’s 1828 Dictionary, the word depend means: to hang on, adhere to, trust in, rely upon, confide in, to have full confidence and belief. According to the above-mentioned verses, the people of God are to trust in, depend on, rely
upon, adhere to, and have full confidence and belief in Almighty God. Why? Because He is our help (aid) and shield (protector). The Bible teaches that we are to be totally dependent on God. There is a false idea in the minds of many in our government, and in the minds of many Americans, that we are to be independent of God. Even worse, many believe the idea that we can succeed and prosper independent of God. This is a great error, and anyone with eyes to see can spot the folly of it. When our Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence, they wanted to gain independence from Great Britain - not from God. On the contrary, they acknowledged their total dependence on God to help them in the struggle for freedom. They prayed daily (gasp) in public buildings (double gasp) for God to aid them in their fight for independence. How do I know this? Let’s look at the words of Ben Franklin eleven years later (1787) at the Constitutional Convention, as James Madison recorded them: "Groping as it were in the dark to find political truth, and scarce able to distinguish it when presented to us, how has it happened, Sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of lights... In the beginning of the Contest with Great Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayer in this room for Divine protection. Our prayers, Sir, were heard and they were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a Superintending Providence in our favor...And have we now forgotten that powerful Friend? or do we imagine we no longer need His assistance?" Franklin concluded: "We have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred Writings, that 'except the Lord build the House, they labor in vain that build it.'... I also believe that without His concurring aid we shall succeed...no better than the Builders of Babel." Our Founding Fathers clearly taught a total dependence on God for our nation’s survival and prosperity. They would have laughed you out of the building for thinking man could do it alone. Here are just a handful of quotes from some of them, which show clearly where they stood: “I have examined all religions,...and the Bible is the best book in the world” - John Adams. “My hopes of a future life are all founded upon the Gospel of Christ” - John Quincy Adams. “I would make it (the Bible), in short, the Alpha and Omega of knowledge” - Elias Boudinot. “..the system of morals and His (Jesus) religion … (is) the best the world ever saw, or is likely to see” - Ben Franklin. “The Bible is a book worth more than all the books that were ever printed” - Patrick Henry. “The Bible is the best of all books, for it is the Word of God, and teaches us the way to be happy in this world and in the next” - John Jay. “...to the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more
distinguished character of Christian” - George Washington. “The Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children under a free government ought to be instructed” - Noah Webster. The Bible tells us that we should not depend on worthless things, in material things, in wealth or riches, in men or rulers,or in lying words (Job 15:31, Isa 59:4, Ps 44:6, 20:7, 49:6, 62:10, 146:3, 118:8-9, 31:6, Jer 7:4), basically all the things ungodly men trust in, when they refuse to submit to and trust in Jesus Christ. The Bible also tells us in Whom we should trust and depend on; and that is God Almighty (Ps 2:12, 18:2, 4:5, 9:10, 18:30, 31:1, 56:3, 62:8, 64:10, 71:5, 73:28, 141:8, 143:8), just to name a few. When we do put our trust in The Lord, we shall be made prosperous (Prv 28:25); we shall be safe (Prv 29:25); we shall have everlasting strength (Isa 26:4); we cannot be moved (Ps 125:1); God directs our paths (Prv 3:5-6); we do not fear man (Ps 56:4); The Lord helps and delivers us (Ps 37:40); the desires of our hearts shall be fulfilled (Ps 37:4-5); we dwell in the land and are fed (Ps 37:3); we are not made desolate (Ps 34:22); we receive His goodness (Ps 31:19); we’ll be saved by His right hand (Ps 17:7); we will be preserved (Ps 16:1). This nation - certainly the Christians of this nation - need to rise up and make a declaration of dependence on God! As a nation, we have tried independence from God the past 50 years, and so far it has been a colossal failure. We need to forsake the Godless/Marxist/Secular Humanist ideology, and declare our total reliance, trust, and dependence on The Lord Jesus Christ. “Let all those that put their trust in God rejoice! Let them shout for joy, because He defends us! Let them that love God’s Name be joyful in Him!” (Ps 5:11). Have a happy 4th of July, and until next time, rejoice in The Lord!