The Psalmist declared in 68:19, “Blessed [be] the Lord, [who] daily loadeth us [with benefits, even] the God of our salvation. Selah.” As the dawning of a new day is upon us beloved, may the precious truth that God has loaded our life today with benefits grip our souls. Of course, there may be some of you dear ones who belong to Jesus reading this who are reeling in physical, relational or economic pain. You are more apt to say, how long, Lord? Never allow the pains you suffer interfere with the benefits that God has given unto you today in Christ. Your sins are forgiven you for His Name’s sake. You are one breath away from waking up in glory because of the gracious benefit of Christ’s sacrifice on Calvary. Never forget that Jesus, as your merciful and faithful High Priest was in all points tempted like we are. Another benefit is that right there where you are, Jesus is with you. His benefits are extended towards you in ways that you may not “feel” or “see”, but they are there nonetheless.
Psalms 103:2 “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.” God would say to you and me this morning, first look to the reality of Christ on Calvary, and then compare the eternal worth of that, with the present sufferings, troubles or hardships of this life. All the benefits of The Father are found in Jesus Christ and through Him. The benefits of experiencing His love, His goodness and His mercy are new every morning. They are more real than life itself. Problem is my earth-bound body and eyes are so often gripped by my five senses, instead of the benefits of Him Who is invisible by faith. Write down some of the attributes of God beloved right now. When (not if), your day throws you a proverbial knuckleball that causes you to journey into mental “no-man’s land” pull out that list and allow the benefits of that attribute of Abba encourage you.
Lastly, Psalms 116:12 reads, What shall I render unto the LORD [for] all his benefits toward me? I get the sense that the Psalmist is speechless. Lost for words to say in light of God’s benefits towards him. As Christians, we need not deny the reality of life and the hardships that come our way. But beloved, the ultimate benefit of God is that Jesus is The Resurrection and The Life. Not even death can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. No doubt, some of you reading this are hurting today. May all who read this blog pray for all who may of those hurting saints. And may our Great Physician and benefit giving Shepherd Jesus touch you in a special way, to the praise of His glorious Name.”