Bless the Lord, O my soul,   
And all that is within me,   
bless His holy name.   
Bless the Lord, O my soul,   
And forget none of His benefits.   
- Psalms 103:1-2   
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God's Daily Burden

In Psalm 68:35 the writer exclaims "O God, Thou art awesome from Thy sanctuary" (NASB). God's children know that His deeds are awe-inspiring and it is "God Himself who gives strength and power to the people" (NASB). This is how the writer sums up the 68th chapter of the Psalm.

            Before the conquest of the land of Canaan by the children of Israel, they were told "You shall not dread them, for the Lord your God is in your midst, a great and awesome God" (Deuteronomy 7:21 NASB). God is ever in our midst knowing what is taking place in our lives and knowing what needs and special requirements are necessary for us. God truly concerns Himself with our daily needs that we require.

           God is ever present and ever vigilant looking out for our best interest as a loving and caring father. There is nothing that escapes His eye or knowledge concerning things which happen in our lives. Do we stop and take time in our daily life to consider that "the Lord your God is the God of gods and the Lord of lords, the great, the mighty and the awesome God.." (Deuteronomy 10:17 NASB).

            We are exhorted to "Give thanks to the God of gods, for His loving kindness is everlasting" (Psalm 136:12 NASB). Our God is awesome and He supplies us abundantly with our daily needs. Do we stop and consider that each day when we awake that God is busy preparing for our daily needs and benefits to be met? God is busy in our lives working as you might say "behind the scenes" to make sure that our deliverance for that day is forthcoming.

            The statement that we looked at concerning the conclusion reached by the writer of the 68th chapter of Psalm is attributed  to what was recognized in the earlier verses of this chapter. In verse 19 of the 68th chapter we read "Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burden, the God who is our salvation" (NASB). The Hebrew Interlinear Bible carries the literal translation as "Blessed the Lord; day by day He bears burdens for us, the God of our salvation".

            Have you ever meditated on the thought that God is bearing a burden in seeing that we are taken care of? Day by day God bears burdens for us. And yet many often do not stop to praise and give thanks to Him for this daily deliverance so that our life moves a little bit more smoothly.

            When was the last time that you thanked God for being concerned and burdened with how your daily needs would be met? When was the last time that you thanked God that he was burdened with making sure that obstacles and temptations coming in your life that day would have avenues of escape?

            May we declare that our God is awesome, that He is great, that He is mighty and that He burdens Himself each day to provide for me deliverance in each day that I face. What a loving and caring Father.

- Larry Bumgardner