March 16 – Devotion

Date: March 16, 2017

Scripture: Psalm 68

Blessed be the Lord,
    who daily bears us up;
    God is our salvation. (Ps. 68:19, ESV)

As a young college graduate in the summer of 1983, I had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Uganda for a two-month mission trip. Deciding what to pack (and how) was quite a challenge! Needless to say, walking through several crowded airports with two large, full suitcases was an interesting experience. It gave new meaning to the term burden.

We often go through life carrying many heavy burdens. Many of us are overwhelmed with stresses such as worry, anxiety, grief, anger, jealousy, resentment, or heartache. Today’s scripture expresses the beautiful truth that God daily bears our burdens. He desires to daily take our burdens and to replace them with his benefits.

It’s interesting to note that God’s benefits to us are not few or light, but they are “loads.” The King James Version of this verse reads, “Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation” (KJV). His benefits are not just every now and then, but they are daily. His benefits are not just for a few of his children, but are for all of us who call upon Him. God daily and fully supplies us with what we need.

This scripture reminds us that God wants to take the overwhelming burdens that we carry and to replace them with loads of His goodness—joy, peace, rest, grace, mercy, love, and salvation!

Prayer for the Journey: Thank the Lord today for the ways in which He daily bears our burdens. Be reminded that in releasing the stresses and worries, we allow God to replace them with His blessings and benefits. Thank Him for daily and fully supplying us with all that we need. Blessed be the Lord!

Prepared by: Shelia Stanford


5 Responses to “March 16 – Devotion”

  1. Daphne McLaurin says:

    This message was just what I needed to hear today. Praise God.

  2. Bob Mohr says:

    Just what I needed to be reminded of today. Thank you

  3. John Breland says:

    I hate to be repetitive, and I see that others have said the same, but yes, this is exactly what I needed to hear today. This was God’s message directly to me (and apparently to others also)!

  4. Debbie Keen says:

    This is remarkably just what I needed today, too! Thank you, Shelia!

  5. Gloria laird says:

    Amen

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