With Benefits

Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. He that is our God is the God of salvation, and unto God the Lord belong the issues from death.”
– Psalm 68:19, 20

WE observe that this Psalm is a very difficult one. One of the ablest commentators calls it a titanic Psalm. It is truly a giant Psalm and to master it means much labor. Yet it is by no means difficult to understand when it comes to practical duties and to those doctrines which are vital. For instance, the two verses before us are very simple and do not need any explanation, but only need to be impressed upon our memory. So is it always throughout Holy Scripture—wherever there are difficult places, they do not touch vital truths. The matter of our salvation is plain enough. The Book of Revelation may be difficult, but not the gospel according to Matthew! With regard to the future, there may be many clouds, but with regard to that blessed day which is past, which was the crisis of the world’s history, when our Savior hung upon the tree, the darkness is past and the true light shines there. Don’t, therefore, busy yourselves most about those things which are most difficult, for they are usually of least importance. Concern your heart most with the simplicities of the gospel, for it is there, in the way, the truth and the life, that the essential matter lies.

Let us come to these two verses and remark that they remind us first, of the mercies of life. “Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits.” They then assure us of the mercies of death. “He that is our God is the God of our salvation, and unto God the Lord belong the issues from death.” And then the two verses tell us of the common occupation of both life and death, namely, the blessing of God, whose mercy continues to us in both states. Blessed be Jehovah, whether I receive the daily load of His benefits, or whether He opens for me the gates of the grave.

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