The Articles of Confederation proved inadequate for commercial and trading issues. A constitutional convention met in Philadelphia in May 1787. In September 1787, the charter was signed for a completely new American government to begin operating as soon as the people of nine of the states approved it in special ratifying conventions. To indicate that the new federal government would be a republic of Americans, rather than a confederation of states, Pennsylvania delegate Gouveneur Morris rewrote the Preamble:
We the people of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
Morris once said, “Religion is the only solid Base of morals and Morals are the only possible support of free governments.”
Fear of the Lord is the foundation of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment. Proverbs 9:10 NLT
Our Heavenly Father,
We thank You for the men and women who have invested so much and who have sacrificed their lives to protect the freedom of the citizens of the United States of America. We thank You for the faith of our founding fathers and the generations that have followed.
We humbly beseech You to loose a spirit of the fear of the Lord over the Christians and Jews in this election season, particularly in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Only in You can we achieve a more perfect union. Only in You can we establish justice. Only in You can we insure domestic tranquility. Only in You can we provide for the common defense. Only in You can we promote the general welfare. Only in You can we secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity. Amen. Amen. Amen.