Psalm 55:22

“Cast you cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall.”

Casting your cares  

Easy to say, not so easy to do?  Is it something you must do repeatedly?  I regularly find that just as I have cast my burden over, I find that I am carrying it all over again.  Just what does it mean to cast your cares on the Lord?

In this Psalm, the Hebrew word ‘cast’ means to roll it over onto the Lord, to pile them on him.  It echoes 1 Peter 5:7

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

That Greek word  ‘cast’ has the same idea of throwing a cloak over a horse, much the same as the people who cast their cloaks onto the donkey when Jesus entered Jerusalem.

Both give the idea of giving a burden of care over to the Lord.  For you and me there comes a point where we must come to Jesus and give Him the burdens we are carrying.  Not just think about it. Jesus himself said to us: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matt 11:28)

So why are we so slow to cast our burdens?

Say you are carrying a box that weighs 100kg which is too heavy for you.  But you have in your possession a trolley to put it on.  Only thing is, that by all appearances that trolley does not look like it will carry the weight of your burden.  However, if the trolley comes with a certificate saying that it is able to carry 1000 kg, you would be more likely to place your burden on the trolley and not concern yourself with carrying it anymore.

It is the same with us casting our cares.  We are more likely to cast our burdens onto the Lord if we are convinced that He is able to carry them.  To the degree that we trust Him, that will be the degree we cast our burden of care on Him.  If we trust Him very little, we will still FEEL burdened with care, but to the extent that we trust Him, we will have our burdens of care lightened.

The certificate we are looking for that guarantees that the Lord is able to sustain us, is the Word of God.  It is filled with promises that tell us that He is to be trusted with our burdens.  God comes with the offer to carry our burdens, it is not His desire to load us with burdens.  He says in Psalm 50:15 “call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”  He does not say: first honor me, or serve me, or love me then I will deliver you.   No, he says, call on me, I will deliver you and then you will honor me.

Here is a truth: God does not need our help, He is our helper.

Since ancient times no one has heard,
no ear has perceived,
no eye has seen any God besides you,
who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.” (Isaiah 64: 4)

This tells us that since ancient times no one has ever seen a god like our God. He is totally unique.  Other gods sit around and do nothing, placing burdens of worship on their people and doing nothing for them.  But our God is characterised by acting on behalf of those who call on Him.

“For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.”  (1 Chron 16:9)

Our God is looking for ways to help us, to strengthen us and sustain us.  Jesus described himself as the bread of life, the one who sustains us for our daily living.  Who are we casting our burdens on?  On God who in all His fullness and power does not need us to carry burdens for Him, He comes to carry our burdens for us.

He promises that the righteous will not be moved.  We are the Lord’s righteous ones, covered by the blood of Jesus that declares us right with God.  As we abide in His presence, as we spend time there and allow His word to strengthen our faith, give us hope, build courage in our hearts, that is when we will find that we are able to stand.

“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” (1 Peter 5:10)

God promises that He will enable us to be strong, firm, steadfast and immovable.

We will not be moved.

Lord, I choose to cast this burden or anxiety onto You Lord, trusting Your promises about WHO you are and my situation.  I know that You are the kind of God that is powerful, wise and good and more than able to fulfil all of Your promises.  You want to help me, You want to carry my burdens so that I need not have cares, worry and anxiety.  So right now Lord, I bring …