I wonder if young people still use an expression we did when I was a teenager. It referred to having money. If someone thought I had more money than they did and therefore should buy them a Dr. Pepper after school, they’s say, “Come on, man, you’re loaded.” Blessed be the LORD, who daily loath us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. - Psalm 68:19 KJV
Would you estimate your own status as “loaded?” I’m not just talking about having some money. I’m thinking about more blessings than just cash. Most of us would probably downplay our level of prosperity, like wealthy politicians trying to identify with us common folks. I’m sure you probably know people who have more than you and less than you. But would you describe your blessings portfolio as “loaded?”
Sometimes we cannot realize and appreciate how blessed we are until we establish some perspective. You may not have all you think you need, and I’m quite sure I don’t have all I could want. But today, I ask you to consider that, in comparison to the world, we are “loaded.” Consider these statements about many things we have and take for granted that many in the world do not have at all.
If you have food in your refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75% of the world. If your sleeping place is warm in winter and cool in summer, you’re much farther ahead than that.
If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish somewhere, you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthiest people.
If you woke up today with more health than illness, you are more blessed than the million who will not survive this week. If you are sick and have medicine to take for what is wrong with you, you’re more blessed than most.
If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture or the pangs of starvation, you are ahead of hundreds of millions of people in this world.
If you can attend church meetings without fear of harassment, arrest, torture or death, you are more blessed than half the world’s population.
Some of the items on this list are about material things, and we do enjoy great abundance in this country. The other blessings cited here—health, security, peace and freedom—are no less gifts from God that we Americans often fail to recognize. Neither you nor I did anything to deserve to be born in America. We have these blessings by the grace of God.
And we have not begun to discuss the spiritual blessings that are ours in Christ. Our text says “even the God of our salvation.” My wagon is loaded with grace and mercy from God. I know the joy of forgiveness in my Savior Jesus Christ. I know the sweet peace of guilt being taken away. I have in my spiritual blessings portfolio rich promises of the ongoing cleansing of the blood of Jesus and everlasting life. These things matter more than all the prosperity in the world. I am loaded with blessings from God. How about you?
Notice one more word in our text before we close: daily. He daily loads us with benefits. The things we’ve thought about today are not once in a lifetime, mountaintop experiences. God gives us these blessings every day. It’s as Lamentations 3:23 says about his mercies: “they are new every morning.” God has not just loaded us one time in the past; he blesses us every single day. Truly, “Blessed be the LORD!”
Father, forgive us when we feel sorry for ourselves and pout about what we do not have. Help us see our blessings, and with grateful hearts remember that every good thing we have is a gift from you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.