Depending on the God who bears us up

Cheryl Scripture Devotions

Psalm 68:19 (ESV): Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up; God is our salvation. Selah

Just as any parent knows the moment our child crawls or walks the struggle between wills of the child and the parent really begin. This is how we can tend to behave with God. As with our children, we know that their independence can lead to danger and they are oblivious. Whether it is climbing on a stair rail or trying to grab something that is too hot they only see the immediate satisfaction of grabbing the toy that is out of reach or the deliciousness of the fresh from the oven cookie. Rather than ask for our help and possibly be told no or to wait they would rather go it alone regardless of the consequences.

Just like children we can feel capable of meeting our own needs and satisfying our own desires, and seek out ways that we may achieve them. This is how we can tend to behave with God. Even with good motives, we can become so independent we forget that we really do need God for every great and every small thing. Not much changes from infancy other than our willful determination is more set in stone.

In God’s power and majesty He condescends to us to be our helper. No matter the weight of our burdens or the length and frequency of our trials God takes them up and helps us to carry them. He takes constant care of us with tenderness and affection, giving us strength and grace for each day anew. He delivers us through our daily struggles and in the end He will finally deliver us safely through them all. He will not fail once.

What a humbling thought that the God of the universe that created all things bows down in love to assist us daily – with every minute detail of our lives. May we with simple child like trust, lay down our pride of self dependence and humbly bow low so that He May be exalted. Let us bless this God, the Lord who daily bears our burdens. He is our salvation.

“Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength—carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying does not empty tomorrow of it’s sorrow; it empties today of it’s strength.” — Corrie ten Boom

What burdens do you need to ask the Lord for his help with carrying today?

What trials can you thank Him for getting you through today?