“Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee; He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.” This verse is perhaps familiar to many of us; but as I studied this morning, a new thought occurred to me. When I originally memorized this verse through song years ago, it was in the King James Version, so as I read the Modern King James Version of the verse and it was worded a bit differently, it inspired me (as it often does) to go to Young’s Literal Translation to see how it would read literally, word for word.
This is how the first half of Psalm 55:22 reads in the Young’s Literal Translation: “Cast on Jehovah that which He hath given thee, And He doth sustain thee…” That hit me.
“Cast thy burden upon the Lord…” So often, we insist on carrying our own burden, in spite of the fact that the Lord has bidden us, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” The reason He makes this call? “For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” This is immediately preceded by the plea, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
The burden that the Lord lays upon us is not a burden in the usual sense of the word. It is a soul-felt desire, driven by His Spirit, and empowered by His own might. He would have us give to Him “all your care; for He careth for you.” Our burden need not be the wants and needs of this perishing earth; these only wear us down. Our Heavenly Father knows our needs.
Our burden should be the yoke of Christ—that is to say, a union, a oneness with Him. Our burden should be a meekness, a lowliness that is foreign to the natural heart; a care for others that can only be explained by the love of God living in us. Certainly, our burden should be “that which He hath given thee”; and we should never be afraid to cast it back upon Him, for it is His strength which empowers our humble, acknowledging efforts.
Let us teach the children the same; “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous”, or as many translations put it, “His commandments are not burdensome.” May the love of God be our driving force! Let the little children come, and they will come.
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