And just like that...
I became an Army Mom. My oldest joined the military. I am not surprised. He has spoken about joining the military most of his life. He has almost always owned camo clothing of some sort-- desert camo, digi camo, etc. He can tell you about every tank that has ever been used, what battles they were used in, and who would have used them. He can watch a military movie and pick out if the director used the right weaponry for the movie. More than once we have had to endure him yelling at the television about how that tank wasn't in that battle or that gun was not used during that time period. He would make an amazing military museum docent.
It's no mistake that our family supports our military personnel. My Dad was a veteran of the Army. I have uncles and cousins who have served or are currently serving in the Army. My husband's Dad was a Navy man. Yes, military must be in my son's blood.
Our family has also been voters. We try to do our part as good citizens. We research candidates. We train our children how to seek God's will concerning voting. We teach them how to vote and always take them with us to the polls so that we can set the example. We pray for good leadership, and when the leader, good or bad, gets in office, we pray for them.
Psalm 33 gives a proper perspective of these two things. Though we are a patriotic family, our patriotism comes with limitations. It reminds us who our real Commander in Chief is. Though we show respect and honor to our government leaders, our ultimately loyalty must be with the King of kings and Lord of lords. Why?
Psalm 33:9 "For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast."
Because everything and everyone is under His command and authority. In the military when a commanding officer gives an order, that command must be followed. There is no choice in the matter. But think about our God's commands. His authority isn't just over people. His authority stretches over all creation. He spoke the world and the heavens into existence. He has complete sovereignty.
Do we put our trust and confidence in government leaders? Are we looking to a president to solve our problems?
Psalm 33:10 "The LORD bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect."
But our God's counsel?
Psalm 33:11 "The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations."
Psalm 33 gives a contrast between the two. God's Word is sure and permanent. His ways are perfect. That's why a nation that chooses to follow Him will be blessed.
Psalm 33:12 "Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance."
There is such a temptation to trust man's logic and wisdom, but man's logic and wisdom is faulty and temporary. There is also a temptation to trust in force, strength, and weaponry. I am a supporter of the Second Amendment. I love our freedom and right to bear arms. I love that we have a strong military. I even love that in a few weeks my son will be wearing an official Army uniform. But my trust isn't in a conceal and carry weapon. It isn't in my husband's aim and his readiness to defend our family. It isn't in the power and might of our American military.
Psalm 33:17 "An horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength."
Our weaponry is vanity. True power and safety comes from the One who sees all and commands all from His throne in Heaven. Yes, there is wisdom in being prepared. Yes, there is wisdom in a nation having a strong, well-trained military. But our trust should not be placed in the guns in our hands. Instead, our confidence should be placed in the God on the throne.
Psalm 33:18-19 "Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine."
I have been asked many times how I felt about my son going into the military. How do I feel?
Total peace. Why? It isn't because of the gun in his hand. It isn't because of the armor around him. It isn't because of leaders or government. My peace comes from knowing that my God is sitting on the throne of Heaven has His watchful eye over my son. Nothing can happen to him without God's permission.
Psalm 33:20-22 "Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he is our help and our shield. For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name. Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us, according as we hope in thee."