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Burdened

When I talk to people lately it seems like many of us are overwhelmed, fearful, burdened. And let’s face it, there’s a lot to be burdened about these days. Not only with the Covid-19 epidemic itself, but everything else that has gone along with it: unemployment and financial troubles, depression, fear, anxiety, anger, sickness and death. Our world has been turned upside down.


I always go to the Psalms when I need a fresh perspective. Psalm 68:19 reads “Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.” Ps. 68:19 (NIV)


For those of you who have ever hiked a long way with a heavy backpack, you know how nice it is to have someone come alongside you and say, “Let me carry that.” Well, that is what God says to us every day, “Let me carry that.”


That’s easier said than done, I realize. It’s hard to let go of those burdens! But his word is true and he can bear the burden so we might settle back in him and trust.


Here’s another great translation of that same verse from the English Standard Version: “Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up.”
Ps. 68:19 (ESV)


Do you feel how God bears you up? When we find ourselves in deep water, the Lord’s arms come to lift us up and out of danger, set us on the shore. Be aware of that. Listen for that. Let him.

If you’re overburdened or overwhelmed these days, I remind you that your Heavenly Father is faithful. Go to the word of God (Psalms is good) and seep in it. Call someone who can encourage you and remind you of how “safe” you really are.

You don’t have to carry it all.

Love and Peace,
Greg

When I talk to people lately it seems like many of us are overwhelmed, fearful, burdened. And let’s face it, there’s a lot to be burdened about these days. Not only with the Covid-19 epidemic itself, but everything else that has gone along with it: unemployment and financial troubles, depression, fear, anxiety, anger, sickness and death. Our world has been turned upside down.


I always go to the Psalms when I need a fresh perspective. Psalm 68:19 reads “Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.” Ps. 68:19 (NIV)


For those of you who have ever hiked a long way with a heavy backpack, you know how nice it is to have someone come alongside you and say, “Let me carry that.” Well, that is what God says to us every day, “Let me carry that.”


That’s easier said than done, I realize. It’s hard to let go of those burdens! But his word is true and he can bear the burden so we might settle back in him and trust.


Here’s another great translation of that same verse from the English Standard Version: “Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up.”
Ps. 68:19 (ESV)


Do you feel how God bears you up? When we find ourselves in deep water, the Lord’s arms come to lift us up and out of danger, set us on the shore. Be aware of that. Listen for that. Let him.

If you’re overburdened or overwhelmed these days, I remind you that your Heavenly Father is faithful. Go to the word of God (Psalms is good) and seep in it. Call someone who can encourage you and remind you of how “safe” you really are.

You don’t have to carry it all.

Love and Peace,
Greg