“The beloved of the Lord shall dwell in safety by Him, Who shelters him all the day long; And he shall dwell between His shoulders.” Deuteronomy 33:12
Have you ever had such a weight upon your shoulders that you felt, ‘you just couldn’t carry it one more day? Maybe it was a long thought out decision ‘you’ve’ been weighing, and yet it just doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. Two prominent verses come to mind, that the Holy Spirit has placed for us to exercise in this time of need; because “the Word of God is is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon Him; for he careth for you.” 1 Peter 5:6/7
God does not want you to be carrying the weight of the world upon your shoulders. He wants you to rest, in between His shoulders. “Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:29
“And he shall dwell between His shoulders.”
To be between the shoulders” is to be carried on the back, and as a father might thus bear his child, so should Benjamin be borne of the Lord.
“To dwell upon God, and between His shoulders, also means as much as to lean upon Him.
The very thought of me dwelling between between His shoulders tells me that God has very big shoulders. And because He is a big God, there isn’t anything too big that He can’t bear, or handle. We have a big God with big shoulders who wants us to bring our big burdens to Him, and give us rest as we settle in between His shoulders. We can lean on Him when we are unable to stand it anymore.
Face it, living in this world is tough, and sometimes we lose perspective in just how caring God is towards us, as He watches over us because we are the “apple of His eye”. When we lose perspective on God’s greatness, we tend to look about and around us for clues as to how we are going to lift the latest burden.
It’s interesting to note that ‘Big Burdens’ all start out as “Small Burdens”. One thing I think some of us have in common is procrastinating . The word means ‘to prolong, postpone, defer, delay, to put off for another day.
It seems that when those problems, burdens, are small , instead of dealing with them, we have a tendency that if we put them off for now, it will go away. And yet, what happens is that other burdens come along, making the previous burden bigger. Get a few of these back to back and you have a weight between your shoulders that seems to become insurmountable. And yet, if you have faith in God, and hand over the burden, not only will you have sweet rest “between His shoulders”, but Jesus said you will be empowered spiritually, renewed, restored.
Matthew 21:21 says: “And Jesus answered and said unto them, ‘Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do what is done to the fig tree, but even if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou taken up and cast into the sea, it shall be done. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”
When we are walking in faith, believing upon God based on what He says, we are secure and safe, because God has given us His Word. Has God ever failed you in anything? God wants us to know, right now; that when we bring him our heavy laden burdens, regardless of the size that we ‘shall dwell in safety by Him” He will “cover you all the day”.
The word ‘cover’ occurs in the whole Bible here. It fully gives the idea of sheltering. When you come to Him, He is continually sheltering you, and you will dwell between His shoulders. No one, nothing can touch you, or harm you. He will carry you on His back…as a father would carry his child own child between his shoulders, and to be between the shoulders is to be again, to be carried on the back”
And so, God’s promise to Benjamin was that he could continually lean upon God, because God promised He would not be far; in fact He would be so close that Benjamin could run and rest in between His shoulders. The Lord bore Benjamin up and continually supported him.
We have an even greater promise, because when a person is saved, by placing his faith and trust in Jesus Christ. we also receive the Holy Spirit Himself…….so close that He is between our shoulders, dwelling inside us. He has chosen to dwell within the heart of whosoever believes in Him.
Romans 8:11 reads: “But if the Spirit of Hm that raised up Jesus from the dead dwelleth in you, He that raised up Christ Jesus from the dead shall give life also to your mortal bodies through His Spirit that dwelleth in you.”
1 John 4:13 : “Hereby we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He hath given us of His Spirit.”
Isaiah 9:6 “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
“The beloved of the Lord shall dwell in safety by Him, Who shelters him all the day long; And he shall dwell between His shoulders.”
In closing, I thought I’d add to this wonderful promise…….you. Notice the beginning of this passage, to Benjamin it was given to, because he followed God. To you this promise is yours not because of anything you did, but of how God views you. He say’s here: “The beloved of the Lord shall inherit this promise!
Whatever you are facing today, no matter how Large or how Many burdens you carrying in between your shoulders; know that you have heard this minute that you don’t have to carry them anymore. God is ready, right now to take away the things you have been carrying around, not able to figure out, or resolve. Pray unto Him, He is in you, ready to remove, and carry it for you. Jesus carried that cross for you, humbly lay it down today, won’t you?
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