Happy Independence Day! Below is a partial transcription from George Washington’s inaugural address, given in 1789:
“Among the vicissitudes of life, no event could have filled me with greater anxieties than that of which the notification was transmitted by your order, and received on the fourteenth day of the present month. On the one hand, I was summoned by my Country, whose voice I can never hear but with veneration and love…
“…it would be peculiarly improper to omit in this first official act, my fervent supplications to that Almighty Being Who rules over the universe, Who presides in the Councils of Nations, and whose providential aids can supply every human defect, that his benediction may consecrate to the liberties and happiness of the people of the United States, a government instituted by themselves for these essential purposes: and may enable every instrument employed in its administration to execute with success, the functions allotted to his charge.
“In tendering this homage to the Great Author of every public and private good, I assure myself that it expresses your sentiments not less than my own; nor those of my fellow citizens at large, less than either. No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the Invisible Hand, which conducts the affairs of men more than the People of the United States. Every step, by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation, seems to have been distinguished by some token of Providential agency. And in the important revolution just accomplished in the system of their United Government, the tranquil deliberations and voluntary consent of so many distinct communities, from which the event has resulted, cannot be compared with the means by which most Governments have been established, without some return of pious gratitude along with a humble anticipation of the future blessings which the past seem to presage…
“…I behold the surest pledges that, as on one side, no local prejudices, or attachments; no separate view nor party animosities, will misdirect the comprehensive and equal eye which ought to watch over this great assemblage of communities and interests: so…that the foundation of our National policy will be laid in the pure and immutable principles of private morality; and the pre-eminence of a free Government, be exemplified by all the attributes which can win the affections of its citizens, and command the respect of the world…Since we ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven, can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained…the preservation of the sacred fire of liverty, and the destiny of the Republican model of Government, are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally staked, on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people…”*
Psalm 28:2 “Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry to You for help, when I lift up my hands toward Your holy sanctuary…” (NASB)
I Timothy 2:8 “…I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and dissention…” (NASB)
I Timothy 2:1-4 “First of all, then I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth.” (NASB)