“Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.”Psalm 55:22 NKJV
David faced serious problems. He admitted being “restless” and in “turmoil” (v. 2 CSB). But God showed him how to respond. He could not find relief by holding on to or dwelling on his burdens. David needed to give them to God. As the Hebrew word indicates, he had to literally throw them. This meant aggressively committing every burden to God. David was seeking Him in earnest prayer and praying until he found answers.
David recognized that God was his only hope of finding relief. Trusting Him gave him the strength and release he needed. Through this process, David could find peace to be freed from the burdens weighing him down.
Echoing a similar conclusion, Peter wrote, “Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God.” Peter, too, learned to cast his worries on God, confident that He cares and is ready to help (1 Peter 5:6-7).
Do you have burdens that seem too heavy? A physical need? An economic challenge? A worry or relationship crisis? Do you face a crossroads? You may be worried or afraid and have trouble sleeping. You may feel confused or frustrated and not know what to do.
No matter the circumstances, if you truly trust in the Lord, He promises to sustain you. Confess your needs to Him. Then give Him your burdens. If they return, keep giving them back to God. The Bible says that He will take away your fears and worries.
Father, I cast these burdens on You: ______. I know You will sustain me. Thank You for caring for me. In Jesus’ name, amen.