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Wonderful Burden

One morning R. C. Chapman, a devout Christian, was asked how he was feeling. “I’m burdened this morning!” was his reply. But his happy countenance contradicted his words. So the questioner exclaimed in surprise, “Are you really burdened, Mr. Chapman?” “Yes, but it’s a wonderful burden—it’s an overabundance of blessings for which I cannot find enough time or words to express my gratitude!” Seeing the puzzled look on the face of his friend, Chapman added with a smile, “I am referring to Psalm 68:19, which fully describes my condition. In that verse the Father in heaven reminds us that He ‘daily loads us with benefits.’”

F. E. Marsh has enumerated some of these blessings:

  • An acceptance that can never be questioned. (Eph. 1:6).
  • An inheritance that can never be lost (I Peter 1:3-5).
  • A deliverance that can never be excelled (2 Cor. l:10).
  • A grace that can never be limited (2 Cor. 12:9).
  • A hope that can never be disappointed. (Heb. 6:18, 19).
  • A bounty that can never be withdrawn. (I Col. 3:21-23).
  • A joy that need never be diminished (John 15:11).
  • A nearness to God that can never be reversed (Eph. 2:13).
  • A peace that can never be disturbed (John 14:27).
  • A righteousness that can never be tarnished (2 Cor. 5:21).
  • A salvation that can never be canceled (Heb. 5:9).

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