“Blessed be the Lord,
Who daily loads us with benefits,
The God of our salvation!”
I love construction. My heart health would hit the ceiling if I went to a one Hardware World stop with a healthy amount of money enough for trucks full of bricks, cement, sand, stones, iron bars, hoop iron, binding wire, electrical conduits, bathroom fixtures, paint, chandeliers, mirrors, and every nitty gritty detail that goes into building. I mean! That is like heaven on earth for me. On any day I would gladly sit at the back of one of those trucks and participate in delivery on site, watch the offloading, storage, plus visit the site daily to see the progress. It is exciting seeing these different elements be put together over time into usable spaces – some very beautiful and frankly speaking, some not quite!
Did you know that you and I can have this kind of experience every day of our lives? The LORD our God LOADS us with benefits; DAILY! Pslam 68:19 declares this truth to us. We can wake up every day, check in with Heaven’s Hardware World with as many trucks as possible and drive off with loads and loads of benefits.
In Psalm 103: 1-5 we get a sneak peek into what these benefits are. Let’s take a look;
“Bless the Lord, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies,
Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”
- He forgives ALL your iniquities.
Yes. It is true that ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. We must all come face to face with the fact that without the sacrifice of Christ on the cross, we ALL do not measure up to God’s standard of righteousness and holiness. The good news is that at the cross, Christ died so we could be reconciled with God. Sin was dealt with once and for all and have been therefore been reconciled back to God. Receive your forgiveness. Load that truck!
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
“For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.”
- He heals all your diseases
What are you suffering from in your body? Has the doctor given you a life threatening verdict? Is your physical body presenting symptoms that are giving you sleepless nights filled with anxiety and fear? Is it an emotional sickness you are suffering from? I have good news for you; you have a daily benefit in God. He heals ALL your diseases. Not some. Not those that are easy to deal with. Not those for which a cure has been discovered. He heals ALL your diseases!
“Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls”
1 Peter 2:24-25
- He redeems your life from destruction
Most of us rarely stop to think about this but as we go about our business, God does deploy legions of angels to ensure we are safe and sound. Even though the enemy actively sets all sorts of traps for us to fall in, our God is a trillion steps ahead of Him.
“Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler
And from the perilous pestilence.
He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it shall not come near you.
Only with your eyes shall you look,
And see the reward of the wicked.
Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.
In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,
The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.”
Ah! Friends!! This is absolutely amazing! Can you imagine that our God appoints angels over us to ensure we do not dash a foot against a stone? Just a foot? How detailed! Jesus!!!
- He crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies
At any wedding, it is very easy to identify the bride because most of the time brides put on a crown. She is the center of the celebration. She is adored, admired, complimented and even the toughest cookies kinda mellow at weddings just watching the bride. You and I are Christ’s bride. And HE crowns us with His boundless, limitless love weaved with kindness and tender mercies. Imagine that combination! He just spoils us with His love and the world can see it. Be still under His love. Let Him spoil you with His tender words.
“He brought me to the banqueting house,
And his banner over me was love.”
Song of Solomon 2:4
“The Lord your God in your midst,
The Mighty One, will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.”
- He satisfies your mouth with good things,
The mouth is one of the most significant parts of our physical bodies. Its key responsibilities are to eat and talk. We eat for purposes of feeding the body so it can be strengthened and for growth. We talk so we can communicate what is on our hearts and minds. The scripture says He satisfies our mouths with good things ‘so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.’ Does this refer to food? Yes it does. But even better, it refers to the good things He declares to us in His word which when we agree with by speaking them out with our mouth, our youth is indeed renewed like the eagle’s! Proverbs 4: 22 says to us that His words are ‘life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh!’ Load His truth!
“A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth”
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its fruit.”
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”
Friends, these benefits are ours DAILY!
Heaven’s Hardware World is open 24/7.
C’mon!!! Load those trucks DAILY!