The Dominion of 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.
This July 1st, we are celebrating the birthday of our nation of Canada.
On July 1, 1867, Canada East, Canada West, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick came 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).
Canada was 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 for Canada. 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.
QUOTE: “Every generation and every nation has had righteous radicals for God. These were mighty men and women who laid down their lives to see righteousness established in their generation, and, in their nation. Canada is no different. Our history is full of heroes of the faith who forged rough terrain, persevered long voyages, endured brutal persecution and overcame intense spiritual warfare for the sake of the Kingdom of God in this land. These ones sacrificed to see the gospel of Jesus Christ advanced and His name honoured at various stages of the nation’s growth… It’s (time) to (reclaim) the righteous foundations laid by generations past.” (Faytene Kryskow, Stand on Guard).
WHAT ARE THE RIGHTEOUS FOUNDATIONS OF CANADA?
1. OUR NAME: “He shall have dominion also from sea to sea.” (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).
2. OUR FLAG: The leaf “for the healing of the nations.” (Rev. 22:2).
3. OUR CREST: The motto is in Latin a mari usque ad mare (From sea to sea).
4. OUR FOUNDATION:
– John Cabot planted a Cross on Newfoundland’s shores in 1497 claiming it “For God and for England.”
– In 1533, Jacques Cartier sailed up the St. Lawrence River to Montreal. To commemorate the founding of this city, Cartier wrote in his diary, “We all kneeled down in the company of the Indians and with our hands raised toward heaven yielded our thanks to God.”
(Notes in the final section “What are the Righteous Foundations of Canada?” is taken from a 2012 message I preached called: “Journey Through the Old Testament: Glorious and Free”).
Pastor Chris Jordan