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Cast Your Burden Upon the LORD

May 12, 2014

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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.”

 

Love,
Margaret

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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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.

Philippians 3:12

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