Tempted to Run – Part 4: Trust Restored
“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” (Psalm 55:22 NIV)
The Psalmist David had wanted to run far away from the situations and the people who were tormenting him; but he called on the Lord, who gave him the faith to believe and say, “The Lord saves me… he rescues me unharmed from the battle waged against me…” David was then able to encourage others with these words: “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” Hallelujah! What a difference from the beginning of the Psalm! Something had happened to David after having called on God. His faith and trust had been restored. This was a spiritual transaction that was transformational.
Today, if you’re going through a heavy trial, and want to cut and run, say aloud the words of the Psalmist: “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken”! Say it ten thousand times—and then say it again, if need be! Either you’re going to carry the thing, or God is going to carry it. In the original language, to cast our cares on the Lord means to actually take the thing and put it on him so that it frees us up. A lot of times we do that in prayer, but we don’t really do it in faith; and before we get up off our knees, or out of the building if we’re in church, we take the burden back on our shoulders and carry it back home.
Giving the thing to God is not as easy as it might seem. There’s something about us: these letdowns and disillusionments stick to us, and then we want to run. But if we give in to that, getting worked up in our spirit, worrying and calling everyone we know instead of going to the Lord and casting our care on him, how can he sustain us? The Psalmist ends with the words, “But as for me, I trust in you.” The same transaction can happen in each and every Christian life today. Call on his name, and he will sustain you.
Read Psalm 55:22-23.