Thursday, February 16, 2012

Bible Verse Thursday #16 - Leadership

Thank you for stopping by for today's Bible Verse Thursday Challenge courtesy of Our Daily Bread Designs Forum!  Since we are celebrating President's Day this month, I thought it was appropriate to see what God's Word has to say about leadership and the characteristics of a Godly Nation.

The verse I selected for this week's challenge is

"Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord" ~Psalm 33:12

From Charles Spurgeon’s Commentary:
Verse 12. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. Israel was happy in the worship of the only true God. It was the blessedness of the chosen nation to have received a revelation from Jehovah. While others grovelled before their idols, the chosen people were elevated by a spiritual religion which introduced them to the invisible God, and led them to trust in him. All who confide in the Lord are blessed in the largest and deepest sense, and none can reverse the blessing. And the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance. Election is at the bottom of it all. The divine choice rules the day; none take Jehovah to be their God till he takes them to be his people. What an ennobling choice this is! We are selected to no mean estate, and for no ignoble purpose: we are made the peculiar domain and delight of the Lord our God. Being so blessed, let us rejoice in our portion, and show the world by our lives that we serve a glorious Master.

In one of his most memorable speeches - his "City Upon A Hill" speech - the late President Ronald Reagan quoted John Winthrop:

"Standing on the tiny deck of the Arabella in 1630 off the Massachusetts coast, John Winthrop said, "We will be as a city upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us, so that if we deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken and so cause Him to withdraw His present help from us, we shall be made a story and a byword throughout the world." Well, we have not dealt falsely with our God, even if He is temporarily suspended from the classroom."

Since the very beginning of this nation, we have acknowledged God.  Let us again, rededicate ourselves to His calling.

One of my favorite songs on the radio these days is God of this City by Chris Tomlin.

You’re the God of this City
You’re the King of these people
You’re the Lord of this nation
You are

You’re the light in this darkness
You’re the hope to the hopeless
You’re the peace to the restless
You are
There is no one like our God
There is no one like our God

Greater things have yet to come
And greater things are still to be done in this city
Greater things have yet to come
And greater things are still to be done in this city

Your challenge this week is to create a project using Psalm 33:12 or another verse that describes a Godly nation or leader.  Be sure to use keyword ODBDBVT16 when uploading your projects and then hop on over to Our Daily Bread Designs Forum and share your creation with us!  Here is my sample this week.  You can also see it in the Our Daily Bread Designs Gallery.

Cardstock:  Truly Yours – White Card Base; Bazzill – Deep Dark Green, Coconut Swirl
Decorative Paper: Prima – Romantique Collection
Stamps:  Our Daily Bread Designs – Lift Up Our Hands
Inks, Stains and Paints:  Versafine – Onyx Black; Ranger Distress Ink – Peeled Paint, Bundled Sage; Ranger Distress Stain – Spun Sugar; Adirondack Paint Dabber – Snow Cap
Dies, Punches & Embossing Folders:  McGill Paper Flower Punch – Designer Pine
Accessories & Other Stuff:   American Crafts Ribbon (Hand dyed); Prima Rose; Garden Gate Baby’s Breath


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