Giving thanks to the Almighty!
Nov 28, 2013 @ 12:32:14
My friends and fellow Texans, happy Thanksgiving!
Though the Texas Constitution prohibits any religious test for holding a civil office, it does require the acknowledgement of a Supreme Being (Art. 1, Sec. 4).
Our founders believed in liberty of conscience and religious liberty in particular, but they also believed that humanity was subject to its Creator, both individually and as a society. This profound respect for the individual’s relation to God reveals their humble view of civil government. It was no substitute for God. It was not almighty and its jurisdiction was limited.
Like their American counterparts, the fathers and mothers of Texas were not statists, but theists. They gave thanks to God not to the government — for deliverance from foes, for bountiful blessings upon their labors in the fields, and for freedom to worship and govern themselves under God.
Sam Houston, as President of the Republic of Texas, and Texas Governors Wood and Bell, called for days to be set aside for thanksgiving to God and urged the citizens of Texas to put their trust in God as they faced seeming insurmountable financial challenges and threats of war.
Today we continue this happy tradition of giving thanks to God — the source of all our blessings and our only hope.
If we use Psalm 146 as a model, we will reaffirm our trust in God and not man, not even princes. We will call upon one another and ourselves to praise the Lord, the Almighty — our Creator, our Judge, our Deliverer, our Emancipator, our Caregiver, our eternal covenant-keeping God.
In so doing we refuse to make ourselves or our government an idol and instead put our trust in God, our help in ages past and our hope for years to come.
Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 2013, Longview
1 Praise the LORD!
Praise the LORD, O my soul!
2 While I live I will praise the LORD;
I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.
3 Do not put your trust in princes,
Nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help.
4 His spirit departs, he returns to his earth;
In that very day his plans perish.
5 Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help,
Whose hope is in the LORD his God,
6 Who made heaven and earth, The sea, and all that is in them;
Who keeps truth forever,
7 Who executes justice for the oppressed,
Who gives food to the hungry.
The LORD gives freedom to the prisoners.
8 The LORD opens the eyes of the blind;
The LORD raises those who are bowed down;
The LORD loves the righteous.
9 The LORD watches over the strangers;
He relieves the fatherless and widow;
But the way of the wicked He turns upside down.
10 The LORD shall reign forever — Your God, O Zion, to all generations.
Praise the LORD!