Cast Your Burden Upon the LORD
Cast Your Burden Upon the LORD
Psalm 55:12-14 describes how King David’s friend conspired against Him.
For it is not an enemy who reproaches me,
Then I could bear it;
Nor is it one who hates me who has exalted himself against me,
Then I could hide myself from him.
But it is you, a man my equal,
My companion and my familiar friend.
We who had sweet fellowship together,
Walked in the house of God in the throng.
It’s horrible when a friend proves to be no friend. David’s betraying friend seemed so sincere as they had “sweet fellowship together” and “walked in the house of God in the throng.” Being together in “the house of God” was a very special thing to David. That made this friend more special than others.
It was with an awful sadness that David described this “friend” in Psalm 55:20-21,
He has put forth his hands against those who were at peace with him;
He has violated his covenant.
His speech was smoother than butter,
But his heart was war;
His words were softer than oil,
Yet they were drawn swords.
David’s experience was replicated in Jesus’ life. Jesus also had a friend — a disciple — with whom He had “sweet fellowship” and “walked in the house of God in the throng.” The “friend” who reproached Jesus was Judas. All while pretending to be a loving friend, Judas was planning to betray Jesus to the Jewish religious leaders for thirty pieces of silver. Some friend.
Both David and our Lord Jesus reacted in the same way. They let the LORD carry their burden of sorrow. David wrote in Psalm 55:22-23,
Cast your burden upon the LORD, and He will sustain you;
He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.
But You, O God, will bring them down to the pit of destruction;
Men of bloodshed and deceit will not live out half their days.
But I will trust in You.
Whatever our troubles, we go to the LORD — “Cast your burden upon the LORD, and He will sustain you.” It is because the LORD is always in absolute control. Yes, when Jesus was betrayed, He was crucified. Nevertheless, it was all a controlled fulfillment of many Old Testament prophecies about our Savior — and the LORD sustained Him. Jesus — our true Friend — rose victorious from the dead as the full payment for all our sins — all according to God’s plan.
Sadly, Judas was brought “down to the pit of destruction” — just as David wrote. It is always for our good to trust in the LORD in our every trouble, no matter how awful our circumstances may be.
All this begs the question: What sort of friend are we to Jesus? Do our actions betray Him as our words are “smoother than butter” and we walk together “in the house of God”?
Knowing how precious Jesus’ friendship is, we say, “Hallelujah! Lord Jesus, thank You for being true and faithful to us. Create in us clean hearts and right spirits.”
A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and GOD of gods.
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Pray for our country.
The LORD made this day, let us rejoice and be glad in Him.
The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming to the upright.
How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.