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Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits, the God of our salvation! Selah.  – Psalm 68:19

Years ago as America was digging out of the depression, President Roosevelt naively imposed strict wage and price controls that handcuffed employers from bidding higher salaries for potential workers. As a result companies came up with other ways to attract employees. That is how employer-provided health insurance and other benefits came into existence.

Psalm 68:19 often comes to mind when I think of benefits. Here are some of the benefits of living in the fear of the LORD.

We’ll have a longer life (on average). You know how doctors say that for every cigarette smoked, a person loses a minute of life? This is the opposite! “The fear of the LORD prolongs days” (Proverbs 10:27 NKJV). “For by me your days will be multiplied, and years of life will be added to you” (Proverbs 9:11). We’ll tend to sin less. Not be sinless, but sin less. We’ll click past bad movies and steer clear of unhealthy web sites. We’ll treat our spouses kindly: “by the fear of the LORD one departs from evil” (Proverbs 16:6 NKJV). We’ll grow to actually hate sin. “The fear of the LORD is to hate evil” (Proverbs 8:13). We’ll have confidence and protection. “In the fear of the LORD there is strong confidence, and His children will have a place of refuge” (Proverbs 14:26 NKJV). Our children will receive blessing. “The righteous man walks in his integrity; his children are blessed after him” (Proverbs 20:7 NKJV). We’ll receive true riches, honor and life. “By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches and honor and life” (Proverbs 22:4 NKJV ).

And there are many more benefits of walking with God who daily loads us with benefits!

Submitted by:
Tom Dunham
Cottonwood Community Church
Grand Forks, North Dakota

One-Year Bible Reading
Ezra 8:21-9:15
1 Corinthians 5:1-13
Psalm 31:1-8
Proverbs 21:1-2

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