Psalm 55:22 - Can't Take Anymore? Then Take It To The Lord! [additional thoughts]
Psalm 55:22 - Can't Take Anymore? Then Take It To The Lord!
Psalm 55:22 (KJV) Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall
sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.
Psalm 55:22 (NIV) Cast your cares on the LORD and he will
sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.
Psalm 55:22 (NCV) Give your worries to the LORD, and he will
take care of you. He will never let good people down.
Troubles around him (vv. 1-3), terrors within him (vv. 4-5),
and treachery next to him (vv. 12-15, 21) combined to make David
wish he could get away from it all (v. 6). It was not easy being
God's anointed king, for with the privileges came great burdens and
responsibilities, and God's enemies became David's enemies. Leadership is not
David wanted wings like a dove so he could fly away from the
storm. What he really needed were wings like an eagle so he could fly
above the storm (Isa. 40:31). How do you get them? By going into the
Holy of Holies, under the shadow of His wings (Psa. 57:1; 91:1-4).
When you call on the Lord (v. 16) and cast your burdens on Him (v.
22), He enables you to overcome.
You cannot fly beyond the storm because you will find problems
everywhere, but you can fly above the storm. God permits the burdens you
face today to help you "win your wings." Claim verse 22 and 1 Peter
5:7. [Chapter by Chapter Bible Commentary by Warren Wiersbe]
There are times when, like the psalmist, we feel pursued by
enemies or surrounded by difficulties. Our enemy may be financial
trouble, ill health, or a person who misjudges or opposes us so that our
"heart is in anguish" (v. 4). At that point we may be tempted to run
away, retreat, or give up. But the Lord offers us something better. In
this psalm, trials and problems cause us to cry out to him. Someone
once said, "If you are swept off your feet, it's time to get on your
knees." God encourages us to turn to him and call on him in our distress
so that he can rescue us and keep us safe in the midst of the
trouble. He may not immediately take us out of the situation, but he will
guide us through the circumstances. He gives us a wonderful promise:
If we give our burdens to him, he will take care of us and not
allow us to slip and fall. [Praying Through The Bible By Fuller re
Life is hard. We come face-to-face with some pretty tough stuff
as we journey through the years - difficult relationships,
sickness, stress, the death of a loved one - things that leave us feeling
weak and hopeless. We don't need to bear these burdens alone. God
wants us to give our worries and cares to Him (Matthew 11:28). He'll
give us just the strength we need to make it through. [The 365 Daily
Promise Bible By Barbour re Psa.55:22]
What to do when you are attacked by the enemy:
Take your burdens to the Lord. It is good to talk things over
with others, but only the Lord can work in your heart and turn fear
into faith. God knows everything the enemy says and writes, and He
has a perfect plan. By faith, take everything to Him in prayer.
Listen for God's message. The words of the enemy will
discourage you, but God's Word will encourage you. In every battle, His
word to you is, "Do not be afraid" (v. 6). After all, He has
everything under control.
Seek to glorify God alone. "Hallowed be Thy name" must be your
Trust God to work. God can handle the enemy far better than
Trust God after the victory. Your future is in God's hands.
[Chapter by Chapter Bible Commentary by Warren Wiersbe fm Isa.37]
You're going to face problems--today, tomorrow, and in the days
to come. No one is immune. However, as a believer, you have a new
way to deal with problems because your faith now plays a role in
helping you find a solution. You no longer have to depend on your own
ingenuity. You no longer have to just hope you're doing the right thing.
You can take every problem to God and ask for his guidance,
protection, and wisdom. With God leading you, you will find strength to not
only tackle problems but to surmount them and then to use them as a
resource of knowledge and understanding in the future. [The One Year
Bible for New Believers re Neh. 6:15, 16]
Grace can thrive only in the heart that is being constantly
prepared for the precious seeds of truth.... If the heart is not kept under
the control of God, if the Holy Spirit does not work unceasingly to
refine and ennoble the character, the old habits will reveal themselves
in the life.... Christ cannot carry their burden, because they do not
cast it upon Him. Therefore the cares of life, which should drive
them to the Saviour for help and comfort, separate them from Him....
They walk apart from Christ, their life is not pervaded by His grace,
and the characteristics of self are revealed. Their service is
marred by desire for supremacy, and the harsh, unlovely traits of the
unsubdued heart. COL51,2