Daily Blessings, Really? (Psalm 68:19)

Back in the 70’s when I was a kid, a trio that I belonged to was booked at a vacation resort for the summer. In order to play the gig, we needed to be in the musicians’ union. It was not long until I found myself in Chester, PA watching a film strip about the union and all the benefits that I would get from joining it. I was guaranteed certain wages, royalty protection on recordings and a host of other propaganda material. In the end, I felt that with being in the union, I couldn’t lose.

Fast forward a few decades and I again find myself as part of another union. I am not united with a collection of people, but instead with just one. I am united with Christ (Ephesians 2:5-6) and because of that union, I have exclusive rights, privileges and benefits.

Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah. (Psalms 68:19)

I could endlessly go on listing each benefit that I have experienced, but since we will do that together in eternity and praise God for each blessing that we share, I will not take time to discuss it now. What I do want to point out is that there are benefits from God every day. The scriptures tell us that God loads or lays upon us blessings each day. Now I will be the first to say that I have experienced many days without seeing any blessing from God. There were times that I tirelessly plugged on through life waiting for God to bless me and nothing seemed to come my way. Is God’s word untrue? Does God keep from fulfilling his word? Definitely not! On the days that I did not see any blessings, it was just that. They were there and I didn’t see them. I was probably looking for something that I wanted and not for the blessing that I needed.

We would be best to keep a daily journal and record the blessing that we receive from The Lord each day and on days that we appear to not receive a blessing, mark in the journal that we failed to recognize what God provided. With some time this practice will yield a closer walk with The Lord and an appreciation for what he is doing in our lives.

Casting Away To Get (Mark 10:50)

The day started as many others. He awoke in darkness, arose from his bedding and began another day of begging. Staggered in the dark through the city, he found his spot by the gate. With his garments wrapped around him, he sat and waited. As the city stirred, he began to cry the same humbling words that he had for many years. In discouragement, he probably said to himself, “How much longer can I live like this? I can’t wait to die.” These may be words that filled his heart until he heard about Jesus and the miracles that he performed.

One day, which started the same as every other, was about to change when he heard that Jesus was in the city. As he cried out to Jesus, others tried to get him to stop. Because this was his only hope, he continued to cry out, Jesus thou Son of David, have mercy on me! Jesus heard his cry and gave Bartimaeus his sight.

My favorite part of this miracle account was when Bartimaeus cast off his garment. And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus. (Mark 10:50). By this act, he abandoned any expectation of returning to his begging post and the location of the garment was unimportant, because he would for the first time be able to look for it with his own eyes.

For those who had the opportunity to come to Jesus, they dropped everything so that they could cling to him. Nothing else was important because they found him or he who is the most important in the universe. Many have come to him from all walks of life and he disappoints none. No longer do they hope for a better life, but instead possess it.

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