Psalm 55:22 - Cast Thy Burden Upon The LORD, And He Shall Sustain Thee.

Psalm 55:22 - Cast Thy Burden Upon The LORD, And He Shall 
Sustain Thee. 

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 contains the major lesson of the psalms. [New Bible 

Feeling down? Then praise God! That's the attitude of even the 
saddest psalms, which are called "laments." These laments [such as 
Psalms 54 - 61) show individuals and the nation of Israel praying in 
times of crisis. Of all the types of psalms, the lament is most 
common. [Youth SB] 

For Troubled Times - Psalms 50-56; Seven psalms of David teach 
us how to respond when we bring trouble on ourselves, and when 
others betray us. [The 365-Day Devotional Commentary] 

While most psalms speak of life's problems, Psalm 55 highlights 
the betrayal by a most trusted and intimate friend (55:12-13) as the 
cause of pain. [New Bible Companion] 

This desperate call to God came in extreme circumstances which 
correspond to the period of Absalom's rebellion in David's life. The close 
friend who betrayed the psalmist could well be Ahithophel (2 Sa 
17:1-4). David called on the Lord to "confound their speech'' (v 9) as at 
Babel. This is, indeed, what happened to the counsel of Ahithophel (2 
Sa 17:5-14)... Escape and flight may seem the only alternative when 
as God's people we live as the minority in a hostile environment. 
We find even our closest friends bowing to pressure and turning 
against us. Constant prayer and faith are the only course of action 
available. God will never turn against His faithful people. [Disciple SB] 

We must commit our ways and works to the Lord; let him do as 
seemeth him good, and let us be satisfied. To cast our burden upon God, 
is to rest upon his providence and promise. And if we do so, he 
will carry us in the arms of his power, as a nurse carries a child; 
and will strengthen our spirits by his Spirit, so that they shall 
sustain the trial. He will never suffer the righteous to be moved; to be 
so shaken by any troubles, as to quit their duty to God, or their 
comfort in him. He will not suffer them to be utterly cast down. 
[Matthew Henry Commentary] 

In all their trials and temptations he will sustain them, and 
will ultimately bring them off in triumph. The meaning here cannot be 
that the righteous shall never be "moved" in the sense that their 
circumstances will not be changed; or that none of their plans will fail; or 
that they will never be disappointed; or that their minds will never 
in any sense be discomposed; but that whatever trials may come upon 
them, they will be "ultimately" safe. (Barnes' Notes) 

Care, even though exercised upon legitimate objects, if carried 
to excess, has in it the nature of sin. The precept to avoid 
anxious care is earnestly inculcated by our Saviour, again and again; it 
is reiterated by the apostles; and it is one which cannot be 
neglected without involving transgression: for the very essence of anxious 
care is the imagining that we are wiser than God, and the thrusting 
ourselves into his place to do for him that which he has undertaken to do 
for us. We attempt to think of that which we fancy he will forget; 
we labour to take upon ourselves our weary burden, as if he were 
unable or unwilling to take it for us. Now this disobedience to his 
plain precept, this unbelief in his Word, this presumption in 
intruding upon his province, is all sinful. Yet more than this, anxious 
care often leads to acts of sin. He who cannot calmly leave his 
affairs in God's hand, but will carry his own burden, is very likely to 
be tempted to use wrong means to help himself. This sin leads to a 
forsaking of God as our counsellor, and resorting instead to human wisdom. 
This is going to the "broken cistern" instead of to the "fountain;" a 
sin which was laid against Israel of old. Anxiety makes us doubt 
God's lovingkindness, and thus our love to him grows cold; we feel 
mistrust, and thus grieve the Spirit of God, so that our prayers become 
hindered, our consistent example marred, and our life one of self-seeking. 
Thus want of confidence in God leads us to wander far from him; but 
if through simple faith in his promise, we cast each burden as it 
comes upon him, and are "careful for nothing" because he undertakes to 
care for us, it will keep us close to him, and strengthen us against 
much temptation. "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is 
stayed on thee, because he trusteth in thee." Morning and Evening by 
Charles H. Spurgeon 

   We must distinguish between the burden-bearing that is right 
and the burden-bearing that is wrong. We ought never to bear the 
burden of sin or of doubt, but there are burdens placed on us by God 
which He does not intend to lift off, He wants us to roll them back on 
Him. "Cast that He hath given thee upon the Lord." (R.V. marg.) If we 
undertake work for God and get out of touch with Him, the sense of 
responsibility will be overwhelmingly crushing; but if we roll back on God that 
which He has put upon us, He takes away the sense of responsibility by 
bringing in the realization of Himself. 
   Many workers have gone out with high courage and fine 
impulses, but with no intimate fellowship with Jesus Christ, and before 
long they are crushed. They do not know what to do with the burden, 
it produces weariness, and people say--'What an embittered end to 
such a beginning!' 
   "Roll thy burden upon the Lord"--you have been bearing it all; 
deliberately put one end on the shoulders of God. "The government shall be 
upon His shoulder." Commit to God "that He hath given thee"; not 
fling it off, but put it over on to Him and yourself with it, and the 
burden is lightened by the sense of companionship. Never dissociate 
yourself from the burden. My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers 

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.  [Praying 
Through The Bible By Fuller re Psa. 55:22] 

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] 

Christ specified the things that are dangerous to the soul. As 
recorded by Mark He mentions the cares of this world, the deceitfulness 
of riches, and the lusts of other things. Luke specifies the cares, 
riches, and pleasures of this life. These are what choke the word, the 
growing spiritual seed. The soul ceases to draw nourishment from Christ, 
and spirituality dies.... 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.... COL51,2  

Let the soul be drawn out and upward, that God may grant us a 
breath of the heavenly atmosphere. We may keep so near to God that in 
every unexpected trial our thoughts will turn to Him as naturally as 
the flower turns to the sun... Keep your wants, your joys, your 
sorrows, your cares, and your fears before God. You cannot burden Him; 
you cannot weary Him.... Take to Him everything that perplexes the 
mind. Nothing is too great for Him to bear, for He holds up worlds, He 
rules over all the affairs of the universe.... There is no chapter in 
our experience too dark for Him to read; there is no perplexity too 
difficult for Him to unravel. SC99-101  

When we are tempted to look on the dark side, let us open the 
windows of the soul heavenward, that the bright beams of the Sun of 
Righteousness may shine in. Let us draw near to God. He has promised that as 
we do this He will draw near to us and lift up for us a standard 
against the enemy. HP120 

"I will trust in thee, in thy providence, and power, and mercy, 
and not in my own prudence, strength, or merit; (Matthew Henry's