The Burdens of the Benefits
Psalms 68:19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.
A. The Origin of the Benefits – the Lord, who…even the God…
God is a generous God. He loves to give.
B. The Oftentimes of the Benefits – daily
C. The Obligation of the Benefits – loadeth us with benefits
LOADETH: lade, load, put, borne, burden
He loads us with benefits. They come with a burden.
Here are just a few of the things that God has given us – that is accompanied with a burden.
I. The Benefit of God’s Word
God gave us His Word. But with that comes a responsibility.
God revealed it. God inspired it. God preserved it. But we have to publish it.
A. The Burden to Publish It
- Psalms 68:11 The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it.
B. The Burden to Propagate It
- Acts 12:24 But the word of God grew and multiplied.
- Acts 19:20 So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.
C. The Burden to Preach It
- 2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
II. The Benefit of God’s Heritage
- Psalms 127:3 Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
God gives us the blessing and benefits of children.
They are an heritage of the Lord.
They are His reward.
But they come with a responsibility.
- Ephesians 6:4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
- 18 Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?
- 19 For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.
III. The Benefit of God’s Grace
- 1 Corinthians 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
Paul was emphatic – the grace that God had bestowed upon him WAS NOT IN VAIN.
The blessing of God’s grace – the benefit of God’s grace produced a burden.
He laboured more abundantly than they all.
He passed on that same burden in 2 Corinthians 6:1
- 2 Corinthians 6:1 We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.
What was he referring to?
The previous verses.
Chapter 5:17 is a favorite.
What about verse 18? What about verse 19?