Blessed be the Lord,
who daily bears us up;
God is our salvation. Selah (Psalm 68:19)
God daily bears us up (ESV) or “bears our burden” as the NIV and NASB word it. I remind myself often of this when various burdens are weighing me down. Are you going through a trial? Or just have a bunch of nagging thoughts or unfounded fears? Let’s remind ourselves that God gives us manna for today (Ex. 16), that His mercies are new each morning (Lam. 3:22-23), that when we are tempted He will give a way out (1 Cor. 10:13), and that we can cast our anxieties on Him (1 Pet. 4:8) – because He daily bears us up. Take a few moments now to meditate on a familiar hymn (one of my favorites) based upon this verse.
1 Day by day and with each passing moment,
Strength I find to meet my trials here;
Trusting in my Father’s wise bestowment,
I’ve no cause for worry or for fear.
He whose heart is kind beyond all measure
Gives unto each day what He deems best–
Lovingly, its part of pain and pleasure,
Mingling toil with peace and rest.
2 Ev’ry day the Lord Himself is near me
With a special mercy for each hour;
All my cares He fain would bear, and cheer me,
He whose name is Counselor and Pow’r.
The protection of His child and treasure
Is a charge that on Himself He laid;
“As thy days, thy strength shall be in measure,”
This the pledge to me He made.
3 Help me then in eve’ry tribulation
So to trust Thy promises, O Lord,
That I lose not faith’s sweet consolation
Offered me within Thy holy Word.
Help me, Lord, when toil and trouble meeting,
E’er to take, as from a father’s hand,
One by one, the days, the moments fleeting,
Till I reach the promised land.
Baptist Hymnal, 1991
Author: A. L. Skoog; Author: Carolina Sandell (1865)
Tune: BLOTT EN DAG
Songs of Response