Empowered to Praise

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“Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.” – Psalm 68:19

God, who is our Savior, willingly takes our burdens upon Himself, daily, so that we will not be crushed under their weight.  All praise be presented to our Lord, who alone, has the power to save.

The weight of the world leads to death, as no man on his own is able to bear it.  Only Jesus, was able to take on the weight of the world for all time, as He extended His arms and allowed them to be nailed to the cross.  In that moment, the time had come, where our burdens of sin and shame no longer remained before us to bear.  The weight of our scorn, was eternally lifted from our shoulders, if we choose to bow before Him, granting Him access as Savior and Lord, to take away all of our trash.

God, in His glorious grace, did not stop there.  He granted us the gift of His Holy Spirit, so that the “burdens”, being the responsibilities that we are meant to manage, may be made bearable as we are equipped and empowered by Him.

For His gift on the cross, we ought to praise Him.  For the help of His Holy Spirit, we should sing praise unto Him.  For a love unlike any other we’ve ever known, give praise.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You did not design us to bear our burdens by ourselves.  Thank You that those of sin and shame may be laid at Your feet, covered, and called clean – removing the weight we are not meant to carry.  Thank You for providing Your Holy Spirit to equip and empower us to do immeasurably more than could ever be done on our own.  Oh Lord, let our every word and deed be seasoned with praise we present unto You.  All glory and honor are Yours, now and forever.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

4 Comments

  1. Amen Shannon! Behold the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world. How awesome to know that He loves us just that much. What an plan… what a gift. Thanks for sharing, this was very uplifting. Praise Him!

  2. What an encouraging devotion! My six-year-old is memorizing Psalm 150 at school, and one of the verses I’ve been meditating on this last week is verse 2, which says “Praise him for his acts of power, praise him for his surpassing greatness.” That verse in Psalm 150 pairs beautifully with the one in Psalm 68 you highlighted today. Oh, we have so many reasons to give praise to our loving God. Thank you for sharing this devotion! :0)

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