Our Daily Burdens
June 4, 2011 § Leave a comment
Psalm 68 links up with the “face of God” image from Psalm 67 that starts with the prayer, “May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, that you ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations” (67:1-2). The “before God” of the first three verses in Psalm 68 describe what it means to live “before the face of God”. Enemies will flee from His face (68:1-2) and the righteous will be joyful “before the face of God” (68:3). The joy of the righteous finds its reason in the many ways that God intervenes and saves. Verse 19 sums it up well: “Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.” The One who promises us our daily bread is also the One who takes our daily burdens on Him. Trusting God for His care and provision during the day to come starts with letting go to Him the burdens that we take with us into the day to come. Those concerns, uncertainties and anxieties that occupy our last thoughts before we fall asleep at night, and are the first things we think about when we wake up the next morning, are the very things that we have to learn how to transfer them from our shoulders to God’s care. Psalm 68:19 is a great prayer to start one’s early morning prayer!