Thursday, October 8, 2015

A MARE USQUE AD MARE (from sea to sea)

Today’s Reading: Psalms 72

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A young Roman believer in Jesus offered to drive my son Reynold on his photographic trip around Rome. He held Reynold’s Bible, the eternal Word of God with its message of the forever-Kingdom of God (God’s Dominion), as a contrast to the temporal Empire of Rome exemplified by the ruins of the Roman Colosseum.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.


Key Verse: Psalm 72:8

He shall have dominion also from sea to sea,

And from the River to the ends of the earth.


This is one of two Psalms of David’s son, Solomon (the other is Psalm 127). According to the Rabbis, today’s reading could only apply to the coming Messiah. No earthly king could ever fulfill all the magnificent words spoken here. However, we are told that this Psalm was meant to be sung at the coronation of a descendant of King David. Perhaps this happened when Solomon was crowned. We remember that Solomon had prayed for wisdom to rule well.

Of course this is Canada’s Psalm. Our country’s motto is our key verse. What a platform or goal this would make for any person who aspires to leadership (Canada’s election day is October 19th – Canadians VOTE!). (1) Righteousness and Justice, (2) Abundance of Peace, (3) Deliverance for the poor and needy, (4) Prosperity (abundance of grain sounds like the Canadian prairies – 72:16). We are truly a blessed people, but when it comes to God having dominion over our land, we’ve got a long way to go!


Lord God, I pray fervently for You to have dominion from sea to sea here in Canada and all over the world. I know that the word “dominion” comes to us from the latin “Dominus,” meaning “Lord.” I ask You to put Your grace upon our Queen, our head of state, upon the leaders of our governments at various levels, and upon me too, that I may be a part of moving Canada and the world in the direction of these magnificent principles, which I’m reading about in Your Holy Word today. In the Name of the only One who, as Messiah, could and will do it all, the Lord Jesus Christ, I pray! Amen!!!


In 1981 Crossroads commissioned the publishing of the book, Canada, Sharing Our Christian Heritage. Sir Samuel Leonard Tilly, Premier of New Brunswick at the time of confederation (1867), put the words of our key verse into Canada’s founding document. Here’s a quote from Tilley’s son, which we included in this book about our beloved Canada:

“I have heard my Father state how he came to suggest it at the conference….there had been considerable discussion the day before as to what the new United Canada should be called, and no conclusion had been reached. The next morning, as was Sir Leonard’s custom, he read from the Bible, and that particular morning he read Psalm 72:8, ‘He shall have dominion from sea to sea.’ The thought occurred to him that this would be a splendid name to give the newly united colonies of Great Britain, ‘The Dominion of Canada.’ When he went back that morning to the conference, he suggested this name, and it was unanimously accepted.”

The words of that verse became Canada’s official declaration, and Psalm 72:8 is inscribed in stone over the main entrance to our Parliament buildings. Tilley’s biographer wrote that “The secret of his life was that he loved his God and his country.”

I spent some time at Tilley’s grave site meditating on his life and the words on his memorial stone. Engraved for all to read are the words, “HIS TRUST WAS IN JESUS.” Tilley explained, with his fading breath, that he wanted passersby to know that his faith in Jesus Christ had been the true source of any success he had known and the power that had most influenced his life.

Yours for moving our country and our world in the direction of the high goals of Psalm 72 by making Jesus the Lord of our individual lives,


P.S. Ron has placed below the Canadian Coat of Arms with the quote from Psalm 72:8 in the Latin language, (english translation, “From sea to sea”) and a picture of Sir Leonard Tilley from one of the books Crossroads has published, Canada, Sharing Our Christian Heritage.

Canada’s Coat of Arms includes the words “A MARE USQUE AD MARE.”

Sir Leonard Tilley (1818-1896), Premier of New Brunswick, Father of Confederation and MAN of GOD!


18 thoughts on “Thursday, October 8, 2015

  1. May his name endure forever; may it continue as long as the sun. Amen amen and amen! Praising you, our Father God, our Saviour Jesus Christ, and to the sanctity of the Holy Spirit. Asking you saints, to please pray for my root canals to be healed of infection and repaired accordingly, before my surgery date October 30th. Everything is really in a pickle right now, but I know the Lord heals and answers our prayers, amen.

    Ron Kenoly- For the Lord is Good

    • Pastor David thank you I was so blessed by the reading and comments this morning.
      Heavenly Father I pray in the name of Jesus that you will heal Beverlee Kay of this infection in her gums. Prepare her for the operation on Oct. 30th, you are truly the Lord who heals and works wonders. She is your child and trusts in your completely, She has been an encouragement to me often, as I have read her remarks and prayers. Bless her and keep her in your care. In the precious name of Jesus I pray. Amen.

  2. Yes, I pray for you Beverlee for complete healing of those root canals before your surgery. Honor Beverlee’s faith in you Lord. In Jesus Name. Amen. Thanks for the song, dear saint in Christ.

  3. Thank you David for the great history lesson. We are having some prayer meetings at our church for the election. What a wonderful Psalm to pray into , as we pray in agreement for God’s best for our beloved Canada. My prayers are for complete divine health for you Beverley. The Lord is our Healer.

  4. I pray that He will have in Canada “DOMINION FROM SEA TO SEA AND FROM THE RIVERS UNTO THE END OF EARTH” AMEN!!!! and AMEN!!!

    Once again…Thank you Rev. David for this blog where we can come together in prayer in accordance with HIS WORD!!!

  5. Praying for you Beverley , May the Lord heal you
    for He is our healer .Also please all pray for our
    country of Canada , .. Now that we are so close to the election …R….

  6. Thank you dearest saints for your prayers, and to You, almighty God, for I know You will heal my teeth. With complete faith and trust and thanks to all of you, amen!

  7. Father, in Jesus Name, give favour to the one of Your choosing for our PM. I ask for the persons supporting him to be God-fearing persons who will uphold your laws. I pray for wisdom for the PM and team, along with a strong desire to know and honour You. Thank You, Lord. Bless and heal Beverlee and strengthen her as she faces further surgery. Amen.

  8. Heavenly Father, in the precious name of Jesus I bring before You our dear sister-in-Christ Beverlee. Bring healing in her teeth as she is suffering from infection and draw her close, under the shadow if your wings that she may rest and heal before her upcoming surgery. She trusts in you fully and I thank you for answering our prayers. Thank you Father Most High for hearing us. Amen

  9. I ask people to pray for leaders who have common sense!
    I personally would like to see the senate dissolved! So much money is abused in the senate!
    I also personally would like to see the Queen in England take responsibility to suppport herself and to stop monies going from Canada to her! She’s a big girl and she can certanily support herself.
    I would like our country to put first the care of all people, I would like to see our Medical system restored, I would like leaders who would care for the young, the elderly and those who cannot care for themselves!
    I would like to see our mental health system restored, rehab homes for those figthing addictions, I would like stiffer penalties for those who abuse children and the elderly.
    There are some that do and I thank and praise God for those Christians that do this work! WE NEED MUCH MORE; WE NEED TO SUPPORT EACH OTHER WITH PRAYERS!

  10. To sum it up!
    I would like God to lead this country back to what we had; where people matttered; where people were taken care of and were treated with respect! We need to care for those who live here first and foremost! Other countries can help the refugees! They need to learn how to do this and the G7 as they call themselves maybe need to teach other countries how to do this task! PRAISE GOD FROM WHOM ALL BLESSINGS FLOW!

  11. Dear Pastor Mainse:
    Is the book or series of books, Canada, Sharing Our Christian Heritage, still available? How might they be obtained?
    Thank you,

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