He Will Carry Any Burden
“Listen to my prayer, O God. Do not ignore my cry for help!”
– Psalms 55:1
Crying out to God for help is many times our only help, our only hope and our only haven. S. M. Sterling, in “The Sunrise Lands” writes, “Prayer is more powerful than armies, in the end.” As David faced opposition, he wrote these words that are encouragement to the exhausted.
When We Are Overwhelmed. David had come to the proverbial “end of his rope”. Like many, he was beginning to break under the burdens. The shepherd King cries out in his conflict, “Please listen and answer me, for I am overwhelmed by my troubles.” (Psalms 55:2 NLT). The impact was taking it’s toll on him physically, as well. David admits, “Fear and trembling overwhelm me, and I can’t stop shaking.” (Psalms 55:5 NLT)
When We Are Oppresed. Attacks often come from within more than without. Verbal assaults can even be more damaging. Spurgeon related to his students, “The sly, mysterious whisperings of slander often cause a noble mind more fear than open antagonism; we can be brave against an open foe, but cowardly, plotting conspiracies bewilder and distract us.”. The psalmist shared this sentiment, “My enemies shout at me, making loud and wicked threats. They bring trouble on me and angrily hunt me down.” (Psalms 55:3 NLT)
When we face significant struggles, our first response should be to surrender to our Savior, instead of striving for a solution. Spurgeon tells us we should “run as naturally to the mercyseat in time of trouble as the little chickens to the hen in the hour of danger.”
David finds his unwavering comfort in the Wonderful Counselor.
He Will Hear Our Cry. When we lift our voice in desperation, God responds with deliverence. David assuredly admits, “But I will call on God, and the Lord will rescue me. Morning, noon, and night I cry out in my distress, and the Lord hears my voice.” (Psalms 55:16-17 NLT). Ancient Jewish philosopher, Ben Sira wrote, “If one man prays and another curses, whose voice will the Lord hear?” Our God responds, He rescues and He reassures.
He Will Carry Our Burden. Through being overwhelmed and in trecherous opposition, David found his triumphant opportunity. The psalmist writes, “Give your burdens to the Lord, and He will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.” (Psalms 55:22 NLT). His confidence in God eased his comprehension. Rowe reminds us, “There are some things that happen to us in life that we will never understand, all we can do is have faith and trust in God for He alone knows our destiny.”
The Message gives some great encouragement, “Pile your troubles on God ’s shoulders— He’ll carry your load, He’ll help you out.” (Psalm 55:22 MSG)
Feeling overwhelmed? Facing opposition? Be assured that He is with you . . . hearing your cry and carrying your burden.