“The Star-Spangled Banner” officially became our national anthem on March third, nineteen thirty-one. Most Americans know the first verse well, but the last verse is especially powerful with its multiple references to God: In part it says, “O thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand/ Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation. Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the Heav’n-rescued land Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation! Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just, And this be our motto: ‘In God is our trust.’”
In this month when we recognize the official designation of our national anthem, we should focus on teaching ourselves and the next generation this verse that makes it clear that throughout our history our leaders have recognized God’s blessings and is a reminder we should praise, honor and trust Him. Indeed, righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.
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