Tuesday, April 6, 2010

God of blessings: Psalm 68:19

"Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah." Psalm 68:19

What a powerful promise! So often, Christianity is stereotyped as a list of rules, of "dos" and "don'ts", and bondage to serving a demanding God. This is so far from the case. Yes, our God does ask us to do certain things, but He is not a slave master who expects work without ever giving to His workers. I want to focus on three key words of this amazing verse: daily, load[eth], and benefits.

Daily- The word "daily" is constant. It is not conditional. Nothing will change the fact that every 24 hours, a new day will begin. God doesn't make us earn our blessings or bless us on a random basis when He feels like it. It is a constant, continual, and frequent stream of blessings. This is also a very sure promise. We can know that each day we will be blessed by God. We don't have to live in fear that today will not contain blessings from the Lord.

Load- This is the abundance of His promise. We don't have a "one blessing per day" limit. If we truly examine how we have been blessed, we should never be able to say, "That's it? That's all You have for me today, God?" God never gives us the short end of the stick. Our days are marked left and right with blessings from God. Evidence of His provision are all over. Dictionary.com defines the verb "load" as "to supply abundantly, lavishly, or excessively with something". It doesn't just imply that God gives us a few blessings a day. The word load means to give EXCESSIVELY. We recieve way more than we need or deserve from God.

Benefits- We, as Christians, recieve the benefit of salvation, and, if we had the worst possible life but still had salvation, Christianity would still be worth it. However, God, in His grace, does not subject us to that. When (I know this is ridiculously cliche) we count our blessings, we realize the insane amount of ways God provides. It starts with the simple blessings which we are so often, and yet so truly, told we (also cliche) take for granted, such as breath, life, food, safety. Then of course, there is the Holy Spirit, which is second only to salvation on the list of greatest possible gifts. There are simple blessings like hearing from a friend you haven't seen in a while, recieving encouragement, or even something like having your favorite food for dinner. Then there are the huge, major, obvious ones, such as accomplishing something that was extremely difficult or being able to face a fear or overcome a disability. The list of blessings goes on and on......wow!

Daily loaded with benefits......how awesome is that promise! The three main words work perfectly together. Not only do we get many benefits, but we get them daily. We get a constant flow, and that flow is abundant. However, now put this into perspective.....as we see how much God does for us each day, think about what we do for God each day. Of course it is obviously impossible to outdo Him or come even close to giving Him what He deserves because we are imperfect humans and He is a perfect. However, this should at least convict us to want to do more for Him each day. We can praise Him and thank Him for all He does for us, we can spend more time hearing from Him in His Word, speaking to Him in prayer, and living for Him in the way we act and live our lives. Let us live each day in perspective of how God blesses us.

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