Daily Benefits

—Our weekly article in the Northport Gazette.

Watering the Tulips

03/09/2011

“Blessed be the Lord, Who daily loads us with benefits, The God of our salvation! Selah” (Psalms 68:19)

What a marvelous verse of Scripture!  So great is this thought that the psalmist directs us to stop and think about it – “Selah”. Our God is our Savior.  Surely, salvation is the work of the only true and living God.  But, He has given us even more.  We are “more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:37).  Our Heavenly Father watches over us daily and “loads us with benefits.” He doesn’t give them to us sparingly.  He “daily loads us with benefits.”

The psalmist later says, “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits” (Psalms 103:2).  Have you failed to take notice of the benefits that God daily bestows on you as His child?  Have you noticed the nice night of rest, today’s breath of life, your substance, your clothes, your job, your family, etc.?  This list could go on and on.  The Lord has greatly blessed you with things that you have not even noticed for sure.  How many things has He saved you from that you have never known?  How many things have you nearly missed, but the God of providence made sure that you didn’t?  The blessings of God are many on His children.  How often do we get so busy that we fail to notice what God is doing for us all of the time every day?

Once again, the psalmist proclaims, “What shall I render to the LORD for all His benefits toward me?” (Psalms 116:12).  How can we pay God for His benefits?  Obviously, nothing we could ever render to Him could repay what He’s done for us.  But, we owe Him our “reasonable service” (Romans 12:1).  Let us ever be clear – this is not for the purpose of earning our salvation.  We could never do that.  Good works are not performed in order to be saved.  They are performed because we are saved.  Because God has been so good to us…because He “daily loads us with benefits”…because He has saved us by His marvelous grace, we cheerfully serve Him with a willing heart.

Child of God, have you forgotten how good the Lord has been to you?  Have you day by day stopped taking notice of God’s wonderful benefits in your life?  Stop today and acknowledge all of the wonderful benefits you have as a child of God.  Don’t forget His benefits.  Thank Him for the many benefits that He has even loaded on you this very day.

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