Blessed be the Lord,
Who daily loads us with benefits,
The God of our salvation! Selah
Our God is the God of salvation;
And to GOD the Lord belong escapes from death. (Psalm 68:19-20)
Part of the above is from the Introit from Sunday, Trinity 11, a day which we are loaded with the highest benefit God can grant us lowly sinners – the Sacrament of the Altar. At such a blessed event, in which the whole company of heaven laud and magnigy God, we receive Him who was cast down from that great choir. Not only receive his words, but also Him. He himself comes, and does not spare any good gift, but gives us His great grace in His holy and precious Body and Blood.
Truly He is the God of our salvation. So blessed be Him! The Son who now reigns for all eternity at the Fathers right hand. Let us "Selah" – contemplate – this reality and soon we shall see that in our own minds we betray Him. We worry about finances, family, friends, and fiances! O wretched our we. We can truly relate to that Publican in the temple, and should also say, "God be merciful to me the sinner." Yet, afterwards we look to our neighbor and say, "He or she did this or that," and in doing so become the Pharisee.
But blessed be to God, the God of our salvation, that we our not left to ourselves. He has loaded us with benifits by removing our loads of sin and death and placing them on Christ, the true Publican. Christ Jesus became sin for us, so that He is the only one who can truly say, "God be merciful to me THE SINNER." So our loads removed are replaced with a greater load; the load of grace placed upon is Baptism. WOn for us on the cross, and made an immovable rock to which we can rest and return with any sin.
That rock, Christ, is our escape from death. Given us in Baptism and renewed every Lord’s day with loaded up benifts of His own Body and Blood, given and shed for the remission of sins. All this shall truly keep us until the Last, and in which we can bless the Lord for all eternity.