Releasing Burdens

Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.  But you, God, will bring down the wicked into the pit of decay; the bloodthirsty and deceitful will not live out half their days.

But as for me, I trust in you.

–          Psalms 55:22-23


“’cast your burden on the Lord…’  You have been bearing it all, but you need to deliberately place one end on God’s shoulder.  ‘…the government will be upon His shoulder’ (Isaiah 9:6).  Commit to God whatever burden He has placed on you.  Don’t just cast it aside, but put it over onto Him and place yourself there with it.  You will see that your burden is then lightened by the sense of companionship.  But you should never try to separate yourself from your burden.”

–          Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest


I recently posted about praying Psalm 37, but now, with the help of O. Chambers, I am praying Psalm 55.


I like Chambers’ way of expressing it.  Our burden doesn’t go away, but when we pray that God will lift our burden, it doesn’t happen.  The burden is there for a reason.  If for no other reason, it is there for our growth and our eventual strength.  Yet, when we can see that God has the far corner of our burden on His shoulder, we feel the heaviness of the burden lift.


Do we still have the burden?  Yes, we can never fully release the burden.  Some burdens can be released when God has healed the situation, but for those chronic burdens, there is great peace of mind knowing that God is doing the heavy lifting.


In my case, maybe I’ll show my frustrations less.  I won’t let you get me into a poker game.  I have no poker face, but when your burdens involve other people, I can definitely do a better job of trying my best poker face.


Lord, help me to focus on your strength, instead of my weakness.  Help me to clear my vision, so that I can see you holding the heavy end of the load.  Amen.


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