December 13, 2019

Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah

- Psalm 68:19


There are reasons God wants us to think as positively as we can.


It is easy to fall into the trap of negative thinking, not appreciating the daily benefits we received today or will get tomorrow. 


Our scripture says, He loadeth us with benefits. These benefits are plenty and slip by us because we do not record them. In fact, If we are in the wrong frame of mind, we might not even notice them as they come by.


Big things and small things alike are handed to us daily. If our usual manner is one of expectation, we will see the benefits and be appreciative. 


I recall a saying I may have shared before by the late Samuel Goldwyn of movie fame, “The harder I work the luckier I get.”  


There is a law of attraction, and the more we look positively at the Word of God, the more we will notice the benefits. Even when we are sick or debilitated, we can always look for the silver lining in our situation.  


Some synonyms of the word ‘benefits' are, aid, asset, assistance, gain, help, interest, profit, prosperity, welfare, account. All of these seem to describe God’s relationship with us and some of the benefits we freely receive to our account.


It’s hard to imagine we get them daily, but we do. 


Why would the Lord load us with so much daily?


Three possible reasons: 1. Because He loves us. 2. Because he is our leader, and leaders must lead from the front, ensuring team members remain positive about their direction and daily activities. 3. Because we need these benefits daily just to get through the day. 


We do not know or understand how deeply God is involved in our day-to-day affairs. He is intimately involved in everything we do, other than sin.


We don’t see how he benefits us so much in a day because we attribute it to our own intelligence or good fortune or luck or whatever phrase we use. 


Sometimes we thank God for His help recognising His input, but most times we are blind to seeing His presence. 


There is another saying that seems to ring true which impacts our vision of the benefits, “as is the morning, so goes the day!”  How we wake up generally dictates the rest of the day, including seeing the Lord's handiwork in our life. 


Benefits normally come in small ways and, as the Lord said, there are many. It is a joy in itself to wake up praising and thanking the Lord for His input and daily benefits, and then look for them throughout the day. This keeps us focussed on Him while we work. 


Today’s prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for your daily benefits, and your love which freely provides them. Please help me recognise them, especially if I am going to mistakenly attribute them to my own doings. 

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