Daily D – Psalm 68:19
Psalm 68:19 Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens. (NIV)
Blessed be the Lord! Day after day he bears our burdens; God is our salvation. Selah (CSB)
Praise the Lord; praise God our savior! For each day he carries us in his arms. Interlude (NLT)
Have you ever had a blessing that became a burden?
Have you ever grown tired of propping up, picking up, or carrying around something you always thought you wanted but now only want to get rid of?
If you or I were God, and I am so, so glad we are not, you and I would get really tired of carrying around some people. It appears, doesn’t it, some people of adult age still act like babies? Their impulse control rivals that of a hot and bothered two-year-old shouting, “NO!”
Our Father in heaven’s perfect love is characterized by endless patience and kindness. The Apostle Paul emphasizes this at the beginning of his masterful description of love that seeks the highest good for others in 1 Corinthians 13:4. He writes, “Love is patient, love is kind.” The more we walk with God, the more we are immersed in his goodness, the more patient and kind we become.
God not only bears our burdens, in his patience and kindness, he bears us. “For each day he carries us in his arms,” (NLT).
Even when you and I act like overgrown babies, our Father in heaven carries us.
When we should know better and behave better, our Father in heaven carries us.
When we are tired, grumpy, and could use a nap, our Father in heaven carries us.
When we are powerful when we should be patient, our Father in heaven carries us.
When we are at our wit’s end, our Father in heaven carries us.
On and on this list could do. So how do we respond to this extravagant goodness and this endless love?
Praise God for who he is. Thank God for what he does. Imitate God in how you relate to others. Give God everything that weighs you down.
I am too much for some people to bear from time to time. How about you? There is one time in my life when I distinctly asked God if he had set me down and set me aside. Years later, standing in the very place where I asked that question, he showed me in rather grand fashion how he had not only not set me down or aside, but he was carrying me still.
As you carry on today, remember who carries you. Praise him. Thank him. Imitate him. Give him all your burdens.
I will carry on the security of the One who carries me.
Our Father, your love is perfect. It is patient and kind. Thank you for not only putting up with me, but for carrying me. Thank you for never putting me down or setting me aside. How good you are at all times and in every way! Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.