How to Cast Your Burdens on the Lord (Part 1)

Praying Through the Bible #54 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Psalm 55

We are in a series of messages titled “Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible”. The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the new Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have done 53 messages in this series.

This is message #54 titled “How to Cast Your Burdens and Worries on God Through Prayer (Part 1)”

All of us know that one of the best ways to learn how to do something is to watch an expert do it repeatedly. Better than reading a set of instructions telling us how to do something is seeing it actually being done. In our passage for today, we see David actually doing what many of us wish we could do, or wish we could do better — casting all of our cares, burdens, and worries upon the Lord. We worry. We fret. We are anxious over many things. According to Psychology Today Magazine, “For millions of people, worry disrupts everyday life, restricting it or even overshadowing it entirely. An estimated 15 percent of Americans suffer from one anxiety disorder or another. These include generalized anxiety, specific phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder or flat-out panic attacks. As a group, anxiety disorders constitute the most common disorder.”

Today, I want us to see from this psalm what David did when he faced situations that he was worried or anxious. David does not just tell us what to do when we face worry, but he walks us through the different aspects of worry, all of which he experienced in his life. Can you imagine being on the run for four years from someone who is trying to kill you? That is what David had to deal with. And even though we may not face such a situation, we have plenty to worry about as well — financial problems, family problems, problems on the job, and problems in the church. How do we react to these high-pressure situations? How do we cast all of our burdens and worries on the Lord?

1. We must realize that times of worry are times to pray. We see, from David’s example, that he always turns to God when he is in trouble. He says in verses 1 and 2 of this passage: “Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not thyself from my supplication. Attend unto me, and hear me: I mourn in my complaint, and make a noise…” We need to realize that the times when we are prone to worry are the very times we need to pray more.

2. We must realize that there is no easy escape from worry. My friend, God promised us, deliverance, but he did not promise us easy deliverance. David recognizes this. He says in verses 4 and 5, “My heart is sore pained within me: and the terrors of death are fallen upon me. Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me.” David literally is saying, “Lord, I am expecting to die any moment now.” That is how David felt as he was on the run from Saul for four years. When he was closed in on all sides, he felt as though an arrow from one of Saul’s troops would find its mark at any moment.

3. We must realize that the only way out of worry is to look up. Notice how David says he is surrounded by trouble: “I have seen violence and strife in the city. Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof: mischief also and sorrow are in the midst of it. Wickedness is in the midst thereof: deceit and guile depart not from her streets.”

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