Psalm 68:19, “Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.”
The Psalmist is singing praises to God. The Psalmist is singing praises for a reason. Before I get to the reason, let’s look at praise. What is praise? To praise is to thank God for who He is and what He has done. It’s to proclaim God’s goodness. It’s to express our gratitude to God. Praise be to the Lord. We are to praise God in all circumstances. If it were not of God, life would be unbearable. Yet, because of God, life is bearable. Let us learn to praise the Lord despite our circumstances, or rather, in spite of our circumstances, we should praise God. Look at your life. Is there something to praise God for? If not, how about praising God for your life? Your breath? Your family, friends, work, food, clothing? Praise Him today. Praise the Lord right now.
The Psalmist suggests we praise God for He carries our burdens. God is our stretcher bearer. Your shoulders are not meant to carry the burdens you are carrying right now. The burdens are too heavy. Some people are crumbling under the burdens of loneliness, rejection, depression, fear, anxiety, sin, the feeling of being let down, or being unappreciated. Whatever your burden is, God is stretching out His arms saying, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30).
Will you swap loads with Him? Hand over your pain, suffering, burdens to Him. Pray, asking God to take it all.
The Psalmist then says, our God carries our burdens daily. Key word: daily! God is not just interested in relieving your pain just for one day. He wants to carry your burdens daily. That means you need to present your pain, suffering, concerns, burdens to Him daily. I must admit, some days life is tougher than others. Some days, we enjoy wallowing in our pain, throwing a pity-party for ourselves. Yet, when we get the temptation to wallow in our misery, we must know God says, “Give that to me.” If life is not working, praise Him. If life is going well, praise Him. He takes care of your daily needs. Have you praised Him lately? “Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.”