“Cast thy burden upon the Lord and He shall sustain thee: He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.” Psalm 55:22
This verse is often quoted and we are told, “Just cast your burden on the Lord! Bring your burdens to the Lord and leave them there!” So, people come to an altar and tell the Lord their burdens and then wonder why they still carry them. If simply praying and telling the Lord our burdens does not remove them or relieve them, then to, “Cast thy burden upon the Lord,” must mean something more than just pray about them. What does it mean to cast your burden on the Lord?
We Must See God’s Hand in Our Burden
The rod with which we were spanked as a child certainly hurt us and was intended to, but knowing that my father held that rod made me know there was a purpose in it. It helps us with our burden if we realize that God holds the rod. He could remove it if He so chose, but since He has not and has allowed it to come, then it must be for our good. The rod hurts much less and is much easier to bear when we remember the Lord is holding it.
We Must Wait on the Lord
If we can’t change our burdens and God does not remove them, then we must wait on Him. “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength” (Isaiah 40:31). Many of the errors I have made in my Christian experience have been a failure to wait on a clear answer from the Lord. Someone has wisely said it is a shame that you have to get up in years in order to realize that you are not in a hurry.
It is not the size of your burden that causes your problem. It is the way you handle your burden. Have you ever seen someone handle a big, heavy load that you could not handle simply because they knew how to do it?
We Must Counsel Ourselves
To cast your burden on the Lord involves the way you talk to yourself. This is what David did in Psalm 55. He complained in verse two, thought about running in verse six, then got mad and wanted vengeance on those who caused his pain in verse fifteen. Finally he said, “No, I will learn how to handle this burden and wait on God and not pity myself!” You can talk yourself into a pity party, or you can talk yourself into a praising spell!
My burdens are sent to help and enlarge me. So to cast my burden on the Lord is not to just repeat some words to God and say, “Here’s my burden Lord,” and “zap” I am relieved! No, it means I throw it on God so that I see why He put it on me and the purpose for which it is intended.