Blessed Beyond Measure
by Ray Harmer
“Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah” (Ps. 68:19). Upon reading this verse, it is obvious that God is not stingy. He does not distribute scarcely, but “loads” the believer up! Assurance of salvation is a daily blessing of knowing we have been forgiven of our sins. That alone would be enough to consider ourselves “loaded up”, but He gives us much more.
Let us think of a typical day in our lives. We wake in the morning, knowing full well He protected us throughout the night. “When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet” (Pr. 3:24). He remains our Savior and salvation is assured forever, (“In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,” Eph. 1:13). Our eyes, though blurry at first, behold His blessings. We see our loved ones (or we know they are safe in His arms-John 14:2-3). We get a chance at another day (some folks do not have the option).
Each day the average human will breath 288 to 432 times, the heart will beat 1440 to 2400 times, the digestive system will process our food and a combination of our lungs and kidneys will keep our blood pH levels exact. In general, it is known as homeostasis. A well-oiled machine if you will. God has created our bodies to do this without any action of ours. What a blessing!
Then we must think of the material blessings that God has provided and His care for us. Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls? (Lu. 12:24). God meets our needs and our wants that are wholesome.
We, as Christian-Americans, are the most blessed individuals on Earth. Our God-given land is enough to say we are “loaded up”. We are so blessed to live in America. Dread to think the options. God has given us a land of milk and honey too (“And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it” (Num. 13:27). God sent our forefathers to this land and we reap the benefit (loaded up).
With the pressures of this old, sinful world it is easy to lose our perspectives. So, we must take time daily to focus on our blessings and name them one by one, as the hymn reads. Write down every blessing, however small, and we shall soon see how God has “loadeth us with benefits.” He has heaped great and wonderful things upon us!