Daily Bible Reading Reflections

The God Who is Willing to Bear the Burdens You Are Willing to Cast

Today’s Bible reading is Psalm 55.

Burdens. Psalm 55 is full of burdens.

  • “I am restless in my complaint and I moan” (55:2)
  • “The wicked drop trouble upon me and in anger they bear a grudge against me” (55:3)
  • “The terrors of death have fallen upon me” (55:4)
  • “I see violence and strife in the city” (55:9)
  • “My companion, my familiar friend” has betrayed me (55:12-14)

Burdens. Heavy burdens.

And yet, David is confident in the fact that God Almighty will “give ear” to his prayer (55:1). “Attend to me, and answer me” (55:2). A mere mortal addresses the Lord of the universe with assurance. “I call to God, and the LORD will save me … he hears my voice” (55:16-17). Incredible.

Perhaps even more incredible? David encourages us to do the same.

Cast your burden on the LORD,
and he will sustain you;
he will never permit
the righteous to be moved. (55:22)

This is the God who is willing to bear the burdens you are willing to cast. The burdens of restlessness and worry. The burdens of fear and uncertainty. The burdens of betrayal and heartache. The soul-crushing burden of sin itself.

Cast your burden on the LORD. If you’re willing to cast it and walk with him in righteousness, he is willing and able to bear it.

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