Psalm 55:22 says, “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.” (See also Psalm 55:4-8.) Obviously, the two types of burdens we have studied previously are not to be cast upon the Lord. Here the Scripture deals with an entirely different type of burden.
In this context, burden comes from the Hebrew word yeah, which means what is given by providence and ascribed to us as our lot or burden. The burdens that David spoke of are ones over which we have no control. Often the bearer does not understand them. They can be spiritual or physical. In many cases, they are humanly impossible to bear but at the same time they cannot be avoided or escaped. Like a Siamese twin, often they cannot be removed from our lives.
Burdens of this nature can make us unhappy, tormented, and bitter if we are not careful. To avoid this, we must cast these burdens upon the Lord. In this category of burdens are sickness; disease; death of loved ones; tragedy; loss of limbs, hearing, or sight; financial disaster; broken homes; wayward children; a child with mental retardation or serious illness; persecution; incapacitating injuries; and so on. There is an endless list of life’s taxing burdens.
If we find ourselves in a situation such as this, we must refuse to allow bitterness, doubt, anger, or hurt to dominate our spirit. In such times, we should cling to the words of Peter: “Casting all your care upon him; for he Carter for you” (1 Peter 5:7).
When we cast our care and burdens on the Lord, He sustains us (Psalm 55:22). To sustain means to keep in existence, maintain, keep going, keep supplied with necessities carry the weight or burden of, strengthen the spirit, comfort, and encourage.
There are two ways in which God can sustain us. We should be submissive regardless of the method He chooses.
If God does not see fit to remove or take away the cause of the burden when we cast it upon Him, He will use a second avenues of sustaining us.
We should never doubt or question God’s sustaining methods, for His promises are yes and amen, and He abides faithful. David outlined seven personal responsibilities of the believer in such times (Psalms 37:1-37):