Monday, January 28, 2013

"The Lifter"

"But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head." Psalm 3:3
I have heard it said numerous times that the Lord will not put on you more than you can bear. True the Lord allows us to go through trying times. There are times when He will lead us into the wilderness as well as beside still waters. But we act like everything that comes to us is "put on" us by Him. He is not the One who is guilty of putting afflictions and evil on us-- He is the One who lifts them off of us.
"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28) The Lord is the "Lifter". He doesn't put condemnation on us, He lifts condemnation from us. And likewise He lifts guilt and shame from us. He lifts our heartaches, our grief, our sorrow, our pain and removes them from us, taking them upon Himself. He lifts our weakness and weariness. He lifts up our hands when they hang down and strengthens our knees when they get feeble. 
While the Lord does not put heavy burdens on us and the other feelings we have talked about, He is guilty of "putting" some other things on us. He puts His love on us. He places His strength and might on us when we are weak and feeble. He puts His robe of righteousness on us. He puts forgiveness and freedom in our hearts. He puts peace and joy on us. 
The Lord doesn't put those things on us that He is accused of, instead He lifts them from us. The only things that He puts on us come under the heading of His goodness. 
Have a great day. It is time to stop accusing God of putting heavy burdens, afflictions and grieves on us and start thanking Him for lifting them from us. 
For further reading:
Isaiah 40:29; 53:4
Job 4:4
Psalm 103:12; 23:2
Matthew 4:1
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