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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Jeremiah 18:1-4 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.
Philippians 1:4-6 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Jeremiah 17:7, 8 “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
2 Chronicles 35:25 Jeremiah composed laments for Josiah, and to this day all the male and female singers commemorate Josiah in the laments. These became a tradition in Israel and are written in the Laments. (NIV)