Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.
If you have studied the Bible and the history of God's chosen people, you know that they were on a roller coaster ride of ups and downs. Most of the "downs" were the result of God allowing them to experience the consequences of their choices. The "ups" came when, time and time again, God rescued them. Many of those "rides” were recorded and celebrated in the Psalms. One such Psalm is 68. This Psalm of David was intended to be used in worship by Israel as a song of victory and deliverance. It recounts the many difficulties they endured and speaks of them being afflicted, oppressed, helpless, sinful, and exposed to hurt and pain. Yet, this Psalm recalls that God provided for His people in the tough wilderness wanderings and in the days of bountiful blessing in the Promised Land of Canaan. In both the good times and the bad, God blessed them and cared for them. In this passage, His people recognize that and thank Him for it.
Often in the bad times our eyesight gets foggy and we fail to recognize God’s hand of blessing. We focus on the negatives and let them pull us down. At times we may not even see any positives in our situation, but folks, God always gives blessings even though they may not be readily seen.
Thanksgiving is next week. It's a time when we take time out to thank God. But shouldn't every day be a day of thanksgiving? I encourage you to deliberately find things to be thankful for every day of the year. See God’s hand at work in your life and praise Him. Remember that daily He gives multiple blessings. Matthew Henry, the great Bible commentator, said, “So many, so weighty are the gifts of God’s bounty, that He may be truly said to load us with them.” Yes, face life’s difficulties, but focus on the load of blessings that surround you and thank God for them. Remember, a thankful heart is a joyful heart!