Upheld By Grace, Daily

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“Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up. God is our salvation.” Psalm 68:19

Every day, we need to be upheld, supported, enabled, helped, empowered, borne up, sustained, and strengthened in our faith.

God does not give us all the grace we will ever need in one large sum. Rather, the grace that we need comes daily as we need the grace.

This is how dependent we are, and this is how gracious God is:

He daily bears us up.

Meditating on this verse, I am reminded of something Jerry Bridges wrote in his excellent book Is God Really In Control? Trusting God In A World of Hurt:

“I think of a physician whose son was born with an incurable birth defect, leaving him crippled for life. I asked the father how he felt when he, who had dedicated his life to treating the illnesses of other people, was confronted with an incurable condition in his own son. He told me his biggest problem was the tendency to capsule the next twenty years of his son’s life into that initial moment when he learned of his son’s condition. Viewed that way, the adversity was overwhelming. God does not give twenty years of grace today. Rather, He gives it day by day. God stores up goodness or grace for our times of adversity. We do not receive it before we need it, but we never receive it too late” (p. 106).

In this world, every day we are in need of grace. Jesus said, “Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:34). Wonderfully, that grace is bestowed on us daily as we are in need.

Daily, we are dependent, and daily God provides.

God’s care for His people is constant. His grace is sufficient, and He is with us in our trouble and pain (Psalm 46:1). In every day and in every moment, He will sustain His people.

“Even to your old age I am he,
and to gray hairs I will carry you.
I have made, and I will bear;
I will carry and will save.”

God, in Christ, will bear us up daily and bring us safely home to our desired haven. Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up!

I'm a husband, father of four, healthcare IT recruiter, pastor and writer. I live in the greater Nashville, TN area where I serve as an elder with Redeeming Grace Church (www.rgcnashville.com).