Psalm 55:22 – “Cast your burden on the LORD, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.” NKJV
David said in Psalm 37:25 – “I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging bread.” In verse, speaking of the righteous, he said, “Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the LORD upholds him with His hand.” I do not believe any conflict exists in the three passages cited here or the remainder of the biblical message.
Is this a guarantee that we will not have problems? Is it a guarantee that we will not become, as Paul described in 1 Corinthians 9:27, a castaway or disqualified? Is this a guarantee that we will not or cannot, as described in Hebrews 10:35 – “…cast away our confidence…”? Is it a compilation of the promise in Romans 8:28 that “all things” are working together for our good?
I believe strongly that God has promised to keep us against that day, and nothing can separate us from His love! However, I am very aware that circumstances, conditions, events, and assaults on our lives can bring us to the brink of despair that God has promised NEVER to leave or forsake us! This is descriptive: If we ‘cast our burden on the LORD,’ He will sustain us. Do you see one small caveat or problem here?
The instruction is to cast our burden on the LORD. That is the requisite for receiving the remainder of the promise. If we refuse to gather under the shelter of his wings as Psalm 91 describes, and we trust the arm of flesh rather than coming to him, taking His yoke upon us, and allowing Him to be supreme in our lives, we place ourselves outside the scope of the promise of the second portion of the verse. But, if we do cast our burdens on Him, then we are assured that He will not permit us to be moved! That is a powerful promise!
If we believe the Bible, then would that not encourage us to be obedient and cast our burdens on the LORD? If one believes that turning to the LORD, rolling our cares on Him, and allowing Him to engineer our lives according to His plan would afford security, safety, and victory, what sense would it make not to do so? Could it be that a major reason we would not is that we do not genuinely believe the Bible or trust God’s promise? I know that is a bit harsh and strongly stated but examine it before rejecting it.
When I consider the life of David, I can readily understand how he would have developed a mentality of trust toward the LORD. God repeatedly demonstrated His faithfulness to David, and David either trusted or repented for failure and ran to the LORD. Most of us, if not all of us, have experienced God’s faithfulness. I know that in the times I have genuinely cast my burden on Him, He has proved His Promises! It did not always transpire as I thought it should or even in the timeframe I had in mind, but God Never Failed, and He Never Will…
May God be with you as you go through this day!