So this day shall be to you a memorial. — Exodus 12:14 (NKJV)
In honor of the veterans of the Civil War, Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., who had been wounded three times during that war, said the following in a Memorial Day Address in 1884:
It is now the moment when by common consent we pause to become conscious of our national life and to rejoice in it, to recall what our country has done for each of us, and to ask ourselves what we can do for our country in return.
The greatest thing I can do for my country, Lord, is to honor You. If I hold You in the highest regard, I will do my civic duty with pleasure. Let me do service to my country and to others with a genuine willingness. Guide me to do those things that will make a difference for You.
In 1 Samuel 24:6, David had a perfect opportunity to kill King Saul — who was, after all, out to kill David. But David acknowledged to his men that the king had been anointed by God and that no one should stretch out his hand against him. Also, in 1 Chronicles 16:22, David credited God with commanding,
Do not touch My anointed ones.
We must hold our leaders in high regard and pray for them every day.
Because David honored and respected King Saul, God honored David, and He will keep that promise to us as well.
Excerpted with permission from In God We Still Trust: A 365-Day Devotional by Dr. Richard Lee, copyright Thomas Nelson.
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