Abundant Life,  Poetry

Cast Your Burden

Cast your burden on the LORD,
and he will sustain you;
he will never permit
the righteous to be moved

– Psalm 55:22 ESV

What does it mean—cast your cares on the Lord? Give them away? But they’re not tangible. How do I release that which is inherently beyond my grasp?

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To cast our cares on the Lord is to release what isn’t ours to hold so we are free to cling to the One who already crucified it on the cross.

To cast our cares is to trade our weakness for His strength. It’s a divine switch; transferring our flesh realities into kingdom trivialities.

We are moveable. We are shakable.

He is immovable. He is unshakable.

In releasing, we are sustained: we are freed from the weight; sheltered from the storm.

No longer operating in the flesh, we take hold of our heavenly status: Overcomers! More than Conquerors! And those whom Christ Jesus has redeemed, He will not permit to be shaken.

The blustering winds wage war –

Jabbing my heart with arrows

Meant to steal, kill, and destroy.

The weight feels crippling!

Surely my feet will slip…

Surely my stance won’t hold…

And then I look up.

And then I cry out:

My Redeemer lives, and He will stand upon the earth at last!

My God:

His compassions will never fail me.

In Him I lack no good thing.

My Lord:

The strength of my heart.

My firm foundation.

Casting my cares,

I’m free to rejoice!

I may be afflicted

But I am not crushed.

I may be perplexed

But I am not driven to despair.

I may persecuted

But I am not forsaken.

I may be struck down

But I am not destroyed.

Yes, in the middle of the storm

Confident assurance springs forth.

Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life

And I will not be shaken,

No, not even now.

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