“Cast your burden on the LORD,
and he will sustain you
He will never permit
the righteous to be moved.”
What burdens do you have? What is heavy upon your heart and soul? One burden we carry is guilt. It is astounding how much guilt we carry with us. We look on Instagram, see that someone has worked out and think, “Why didn’t I work out today?” We wanted to, we know we should have and in that moment we put a little guilt on our backs. We yell at our children, apologize to them and hug them, but we still feel badly because we know that so-and-so would never yell at their children; we grab a little more guilt and put it on our backs with the rest. And so we live our lives until our souls are hunched over, groaning for relief, too weary to go on. If you know the feeling, this psalm is for you.
In this one verse, we are given a command that is based in two facts about God: God will sustain us and he will not allow us to be moved. When life is difficult, hard and the backs of our souls are hunched under the weight of our burdens, God is there holding us up and helping us to put one foot in front of the other. When accusations are thrown our way by Satan or even by ourselves, God is there, reminding us of who we are in Christ and what Christ has done for us.
These two facts ground the command that we are given: “cast your burdens upon the Lord”. Our guilt and shame has been dealt with on the cross; we no longer need to bear them. How do we cast down our burdens? We turn them over to God; we confess our inability to unburden ourselves to him and trust that he will unburden us. We go to the Lord and ask him to take these burdens away from us. Casting down our burdens is how we show that we are not in control, but God is.
Lay down your guilt. Lay down your burdens. Let God take care of them. Stand up and straighten your back. See the glorious God who has dealt with these burdens for you.