Grace to Bear the Burden Laid on Us
Psalm 55:22
Cast your burden on the LORD, and he shall sustain you: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

I. SEE THAT YOUR BURDENS ARE ALL OF THE LORD'S APPOINTMENT. How many are the burdens that we make for ourselves, which we need not and ought not to bear. They are sinful, and we ought to cast them away.

II. EXPECT FROM GOD PROPORTIONED STRENGTH. Why do you anticipate long reaches of future possibilities? You are vainly trying to break the faggot at once, which can only be overcome stick by stick. Take life not by weeks or years, but by days. Truly Jesus is the great bearer away of burdens, for He has "borne our sins in His own body on the tree," and the guilt of sin is our heaviest burden. In all our sorrows we have His sympathy as "a merciful and faithful High Priest," who is "touched with a feeling." What, then, is left for us to carry is only the light end of the cross — an easy yoke and light burden.

III. REST ON GOD FOR ULTIMATE ENDURANCE. A spirit such as has been described, continually receiving its daily and proportioned replenishment from heaven, will not look much to the future. It will be too busy with present duties. As our great poet Tennyson has beautifully declared, true virtue will scarcely dream of a promised elysium, where she may leisurely bask in the sun, and repose from all effort amid crowns, and songs, and feasts. Nay, he nobly answers, "Give her the glory of going on and not to die." Anything else would be death and worse than death. Virtue cannot rest in material reward. She has acquired a noble habit of active benevolence, and she could not bear its cessation. She craves endless, immortal service. "They shall serve Him day and night in His temple." Verily, "give her the glory of going on and not to die."

(Andrew Reed, B. A.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

WEB: Cast your burden on Yahweh, and he will sustain you. He will never allow the righteous to be moved.

Burdens Cast Upon the Lord
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