Take Time Today to Rejoice in your Relationship with Jesus (Psalm 68:19)
Psalm 68:19, "Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation."
David wanted to praise the Lord with all that was within him. That was true in David’s day. How much more is it true today? Have you taken time to count your blessings of health, housing, food, electricity, water, air, strength, seeing, hearing, walking, smelling, touching, talking, your Bible, friends, family, a good church, your pastor? We have so much to be thankful for. God is the source of all these blessings. The blessings are not sporadic, but daily. Every day God blesses us. God is not tightfisted with His blessings. He piles blessings on top of blessings. He loads us to overflowing with blessings. Truly, He has daily loaded us with blessings. Daily we need to be reminding ourselves and giving thanks for the Lord’s benefits. Therefore, we have a duty to bless the God of our salvation. If that was true then, how much more so now!
“Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits” (Psalm 103:2). This psalm expresses thanksgiving and praise to the Lord for the benefits and blessings He gives to those who accept His commands and promises and who maintain a faithful relationship with Him. We must never forget God’s goodness to us (Deuteronomy 8:12-14; II Chronicles 32:35) or fail to thank Him for the blessings He generously gives us through the Holy Spirit (John 14:16; Acts 2:38-39; 9:17-18). To bless the Lord means to show admiration for the Lord as we thank and praise Him. The benefits of the Lord are, indeed, great and marvelous and it would be an act of ingratitude not to remember and appreciate them. When considering His benefits, we have the great gift of eternal life, through faith in Christ and His finished work of redemption. We have it every day of the year and are daily ready to meet the Lord, whenever He calls. Each day we have the indwelling presence of His Spirit, the illuminating guidance of His Word, the daily provision of all real needs and the assurance of His love. He has surely loaded us with benefits!
Have you forgotten what the Lord has done for you? Are you so focused on problems, trials, or your ambitions, that you have failed to count your blessings? This kind of attitude develops a cold heart and a weak memory. I encourage you to repent of this kind of attitude for it’s this attitude that leads people to wander from the Lord and will eventually lead people out of church and cause them to be selfish, bitter people. Charles Spurgeon told this story: “Afflictions, when sanctified, make us grateful for mercies which before we treated with indifference. We sat for half an hour in a calf's shed the other day, quite grateful for the shelter from the driving rain, yet, at no other time would we have entered such a hovel. Discontented people need a course of the bread of adversity and the water of affliction to cure them of the wretched habit of complaining. Even things which we loathed before, we shall learn to value when we are in troubling circumstances. We are not fond of lizards, and yet at Pont St. Martin, in the Aosta valley, where the mosquitoes, flies, and insects of all sorts drove us nearly to distraction, we prized the little green fellows, and felt quite an attachment to them as they darted out their tongues and devoured our worrying enemies. Sweet are the uses of adversity. It brings into proper estimation mercies which were before lightly esteemed.”
Thank the Lord for the blessings of salvation you can enjoy right now. What a wonderful privilege to know Jesus Christ personally! Because of salvation we will someday enjoy a home in Heaven, a sinless body and eternity with Christ. We all look forward to our future with Jesus Christ, but it's easy to forget about the benefits of salvation for today. Since God is the source of all our blessings, He deserves the full measure of our praise. If we honestly assess all that the Lord has done for us, it will not take long for us to begin rejoicing that He daily loads us with benefits. Let's take a moment to remember a few of the many blessings we can enjoy every day as Christians.
· Alongside counting all of those blessings, let's make it a goal this year to make those blessings count.
· Go reach the lost at your workplace or in your neighborhood.
· Make it a point to help fellow Christians who need encouragement.
· Lift up those who are hurting in prayer.
· How will you bless the Lord today?
Prayer, Father in Heaven, forgive me for complaining of the things I don’t have and create in my heart a spirit of contentment for the things I do have. I never again want to fail to thank You and praise You for Your daily blessings. I understand that many of the blessings You have blessed me with are for the purpose of blessing others. Help me to make these blessings count. In Jesus name, Amen!
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