“Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.” Psalm 55.22
Everyone I know has had a burden too heavy to carry sometime during his or her life. It doesn’t matter what it is, it is a burden we were never intended to carry on our own. Our verse for today speaks to this very issue. God says, “Cast thy burden upon the Lord … ” There are no conditions, no words of caution, or prohibitions.
Peter gives similar advice in 1 Peter 5.7: “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” It should be clear to us then that God does not intend for us to carry burdens. To insist on doing so is an act of defiance toward God that says, “God doesn’t want this. He can’t fix what is wrong. Why bother?” We need to be careful trying to define what God can and cannot do in our lives.
What will happen when we DO cast our burdens on the Lord? The psalmist states clearly and unequivocally: “he shall SUSTAIN thee …” The word sustain means: “To cause to continue or be prolonged for an extended period or without interruption.” God intends for us to live life with an ongoing zest that we cannot do when we are burdened down.
What does it mean when the psalmist says: “he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.”? I believe the psalmist is saying that once we commit our burden to the Lord, He will see to it that we stay on the path of righteous living and not be moved away from what we know is right. When our focus is right, then our next step is right. When our next step is right, then our path remains true to what God wants for us and that is His very best. I must never stop believing that God the Father always has my best interests at heart. Just my thoughts …