Daily Burdens ~ or ~ Daily Benefits?

He daily bears our burdens. 
He daily carries us in His arms.

“Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.”  (Psalm 68:19 NIV) Or, as the NLT says, “… For each day he carries us in his arms.”

As this new day – and week – dawns and is fresh before us, I am so grateful for these truths. 

In picturing Him carrying us in His arms, I am reminded of carrying my own children in my arms. It would usually start with me saying, “Come,” and then followed by whispering,  “It’s ok.”   By the very act of carrying, I simultaneously extended an invitation to come near AND offered the reassurance that was needed. 

And I wonder how many of us need to hear that invitation today from the Lord: “Come,” as well as that assurance,  “It will be ok.”  “I’m carrying you now. Not only am I carrying YOU,  I am carrying all that concerns you and all that weighs you down or burdens you.”

Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  (Matthew 11:28-30)

Daily rest for our souls. 
Daily relief from all that weighed us down this past week or is still weighing us down as we enter into this new week, from all the stress, the pressure, the worries, the concerns, the unknowns. 
Daily relaxation in our Savior’s loving and capable arms. 

The NKJV version of this verse states, “Blessed be the Lord, Who daily loads us with benefits, The God of our salvation!”

How amazing is the God of our salvation!  While “daily life” loads us daily with burdens, the God of our salvation loads us daily with benefits. 

As if the gift of salvation were not enough!  As if the cross of Christ did not satisfy the greatest of my needs and offer proof of His compassionate care! 

How we need to echo David, who said, “Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits – who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” (Psalm 103:2-5)

Herein lies the key to experiencing this daily rest, daily relief, and daily relaxation in the Lord – to praise and remember. Praise Him for who He is and what He has done. Remember (forget not) all His benefits. 

In other words, recall the benefits more than the burdens. In doing so, the praise and gratitude we can’t help but offer to the God of our salvation will soon rise above the burdens which are weighing us down. We will know that we are being carried in His arms, not only for this day, but for all of our days. Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, indeed!


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