“May he have dominion from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth!”
Today is Canada’s 151st birthday. Our nation started out as four provinces in 1967: Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Four years later, British Columbia joined confederation and that made Canada a nation that stretched geographically from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. In 1919, a four-member committee was appointed by the federal government to recommend a new design for the coat of arms of Canada. No motto was included in the old design, but one was to be included in the new arms. The new coat of arms included the motto: “A Mari usque ad Mare” which translates “From Sea to Sea”.
It was clear to the generation of that time, that the God of heaven and earth was the Sovereign God, and that the newly formed Dominion of Canada would only prosper as long as Canada recognized God’s dominion from sea to sea! In 1983, the July 1st holiday was changed from Dominion Day to Canada Day. It was a change to subtly suggest that God no longer has dominion, but the people of Canada now have dominion over this land. And our current federal government is only spiralling downward ever quicker toward godlessness and unrighteousness. Christian charities that helped the homeless and vulnerable can no longer receive government grants because they are for life, while the Islamic Humanitarian Service, which called for the eradication of all Isrealis at a rally in Toronto last week, does receive government grants.
And yet, while the words of Psalm 72:8 may fade from the Peace Tower, and may fade from the minds of our leaders, the Word of God endures forever. These words are a combination of a prayer and a promise and they are prophetic of the Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ. And old versification of this Psalm says it this way: “Christ shall have dominion over land and sea. Earth’s remotest regions shall His empire be!” The world has always been a enemy to the gospel, but it is our calling to go into a lost and dark world and shine the light of the gospel by our words and through our lives, so that one soul at a time, Canada may be captured for Jesus Christ. May God bless Canada!