O Canada – We Stand on Guard for Thee


“He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, And from the River to the ends of the earth.” (Psalm 72:8).

O Canada. Our home and native land.

True patriot love in all thy sons command.

With glowing hearts we see thee rise,

The True North strong and free.

From far and wide, O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

God keep our land glorious and free.

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

Today, we are celebrating the 145th birthday of our nation of Canada.

On July 1, 1867, Canada East, Canada West, Nova Scotiaand New Brunswickcame together under the terms of the British North America Act to become the Dominion of Canada. When our country was formed, it was named the Dominion of Canada, based on the above Scripture in Psalm 72:8.

“Sir Samuel Leonard Tilley, then premier of NB, was one of the 33 Fathers of Confederation. He was a born-again Christian who started his day with prayer and a chapter of the Bible… When reading Psalm 72:8, the thought occurred to him, “What a splendid name to give Canada!” A letter signed by John A Macdonald explained to Queen Victoria that the name was a tribute to the principles they earnestly desired to uphold.” (Faytene Kryskow, Stand on Guard).

Canadawas founded on the principles of the Word of God. It started out as a Christian nation, but we fallen so far from that glorious foundation. You have heard it said, “The philosophy of the schoolroom in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.” What does that mean? Ever since God, the Bible, and prayer were removed from our schools, our nation has been plummeting into darkness. Rape, murder, child abuse, human trafficking, abortion, drug use, teen pregnancy and ever-increasing violent crimes are the results of removing the light of God’s Word from our schools and government. All because our nation as a whole has turned its back on God.

In our national anthem, we pray for Almighty God to keep our country glorious and free, and declare that we will stand on guard forCanada. Today, as we celebrate our nation’s birthday, whether it is with fireworks, or park celebrations, let us stand on guard for our nation. Let’s rise up and declare that we want God in Canada again.

“if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14). If we want to see God hear from Heaven, and forgive our sins, and heal our land, then we must humble ourselves, and pray, as students once did in public schools, “Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers and our Country.” We must seek God’s face, and be willing to turn from our wicked ways. We must declare by faith that Jesus is Lord over the Dominion of Canada, and raise up a standard of righteousness in our land.

Check out this short little inspiring video by Faytene called I Will Stand:


p.s. interesting side note: Today is my 145th devotional on T.B.P!

Pastor Chris Jordan



About Chris Jordan

Husband. Father. Author. Pastor. High School Bible Teacher. Follower of Jesus. And I enjoy a good cup of coffee!
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