Read Psalm 55:20-23. 20My companion stretched out his hand against his friends; he violated his covenant. 21 His speech was smooth as butter, yet war was in his heart; his words were softer than oil, yet they were drawn swords. 22 Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved. 23 But you, O God, will cast them down into the pit of destruction; men of blood and treachery shall not live out half their days. But I will trust in you.
From complaint (see yesterday’s devotional) David moves to casting. Casting his burden on the Lord, or as Peter the Apostle says “cast all your cares on him.” The result is not that God removes all of our burdens, but rather he sustains us through them. How? With the promise that the righteous will never be moved. A promise made true in the shared righteousness of Christ.
David’s burden was less of a situation and mostly a person. The companion who stretched out his hand against the king in treachery. David knew that if he cast his enemy to God, God would cast them down into the pit of destruction. He didn’t need to take matters into his own hands but left it to the wrath of God (Rom. 12:19). Those who are in Christ can be assured of the same fate for their great enemy the Devil.
WHO is your burden today? Have you cast them to the Lord? Or are you still taking matters into your own hands? How’s that working for you?
To live is Christ is to humbly and faithfully allow God to use the people in our lives to bring he submission to his will that he desires, knowing that we don’t wrestle with flesh and blood but with an enemy whose place in the pit is already eternally reserved.
Prayer. Jesus, I cast my burden on you today, even the person that I am trying to control in order to control my life. Have your way with them and me. Amen.
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