Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. (Psalm 55:22)
The psalmist wasn’t making a suggestion; you have been commanded to cast your cares upon the Lord Jesus Christ. Our Lord does not expect you to bear the weight of your burdens, for they will bury you. But when you ask the Lord take your burdens from you, He will not only shoulder the burden, but He will sustain you along the way. And when your burdens are cast upon the shoulders of the Sovereign Lord, they become blessings multiplied. Remember, what would grind you into the ashes of defeat is absolutely nothing for your Lord to carry.
However, if you persist in holding on to your burdens, your Lord will not carry them for you. When we do not cast our cares upon our Lord, we are declaring that we do not take Him at His word. Clutching our cares communicates that we do not trust God to do what He said He would do for us.
The apostle Peter understood Psalm 55:22 quite well; he was moved by the Spirit to repeat virtually the same command: “Cast all your anxiety on [God] because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). Peter identified the burden of anxiety, but you can substitute any number of cares that may beset you, from doubt and distress to fear and faithlessness to worry and weakness. The list of our cares is virtually endless, but so is the strength of our Lord to shoulder every one of those apprehensions.
Is there anything keeping you from casting all of your cares upon your Lord today? Remember, when you are weak, He is strong. Your Lord Jesus Christ delights in doing for you what you cannot do for yourself, and He has promised to sustain you with blessings multiplied as He bears your burdens away from you and deposits them as far as the east is from the west.
Christian, it is not a sign of strength for you to try to go it alone. Your shoulders are not broad enough to carry the weight of your burdens! And do not be like so many, who set their burdens down for a time, only to take them back up again. Lay your burdens down, once and for all, because He cares for you, and He has promised to get you through any valley of shadow you are facing. “Then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday” (Isaiah 58:10). Now that’s a Burden-Bearer who brings blessings multiplied!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!