Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah. ~ Psalm 68:19
Today’s verse is near and dear to my heart. Psalm 68:19 is my mother’s life’s verse. I have heard her quote it often. I wrote a little story about it on April 29, 2008, which I called “The Dump Truck at My Door”. I decided I’d share it again today. I hope you like it.
I awoke to the loud beeping of a reverse alarm and an engine noise near my house. This truck sounded strangely close. It wasn’t trash day. There was no construction going on in my area. What could this be? I reached for my bathrobe on the bedpost, and without even stopping by a mirror to comb my hair, I went to the front window. Before my eyes, and my front door, was a large dump truck. My heart started pounding. What in the world was this?! I heard the hydraulic lift raising the bed of the dump truck. Just then, a knock on my door. I ran to open the door, despite my “sleepy head” appearance. A man stood before me in cover-alls to guard against the nippy start to the day. “Hi ya, lady. Where do want the load today?” The man had a kind of northern accent, and was chewing gum. (I thought this to be quite odd at 6 AM. I hadn’t even had a cup of my vanilla flavored coffee yet!) Pushing these thoughts aside, I stared at him rather blankly. “Load?” I asked. “Yeah.” he replied. “Ya know, your load of benefits for the day? Just tell me where ya want ‘em and sign here.” He said, shoving a clipboard with an attached pen in my face.
“Oh. Of course!” I said, looking down at the paper before me. It read:
Psalm 68:19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.
This was my daily load of benefits from my Father! I hastily signed my name and smiled. “I’ll take them right here.” I said pointing at my office, where I read my Bible every day, and talked to my Father. “You got it,” the man said to me while smacking his gum. He released the back of the truck and I watched in amazement as the benefits poured into my home. There was good health for the day. I saw “love, joy, peace, gentleness, long-suffering, meekness, goodness, faith and temperance. Gal. 5:23″. There was the Holy Spirit! I saw “good husband, Mother, children, sister, brother, and in-laws” pass by me. I smiled at “godly and praying friends” as it rolled past. I had a tear to my eye when I watched “a goodly heritage, Psalm 16:6” come inside my home. It was a blessing to my heart to open a small package that contained “God’s compassion for the day. Lamentations 3:22-23″ There were so many more, that I haven’t time to tell you all of them! I did not earn any of these benefits, they are all just perks to the Christian life.
How could I forget that these benefits would be arriving? This was something that the Lord gave me everyday! Probably because, like all of us, I tend to take things for granted. Nevertheless, the Lord is there everyday, with His “dump truck” load of benefits and blessings. Today, however, I was reminded to thank Him for them.
Of course, this story is fictional, springing forth from my overly-active imagination. I thought that if I could literally receive a “load of benefits” at my front door everyday, then maybe I would be more grateful for that which I already do receive each and every day. Because they are not always visible, I often forget about the benefits and blessings that the Lord bestows upon me every single day of my life, and for eternity. Why, even during times of trial and testing, His “load of benefits” still arrives at my “door” every morning.
I thank the Lord for this unspeakable gift.