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  • 1. “ CAST YOUR BURDEN ON THE LORD” When a Christian is Anxious
  • 2. THE PSALMIST’S ANGUISH
    • PSALM 55.2-8
    •   I am overcome by my trouble. I am distraught by the noise of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked. For they bring trouble upon me, and in anger they cherish enmity against me. My heart is in anguish within me, the terrors of death have fallen upon me. Fear and trembling come upon me, and horror overwhelms me. And I say, "O that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest; yea, I would wander afar, I would lodge in the wilderness, I would haste to find me a shelter from the raging wind and tempest." 
  • 3. THE PSALMIST’S ANGUISH
    • PSALM 55.12-14, 20-21
    • It is not an enemy who taunts me--then I could bear it; it is not an adversary who deals insolently with me--then I could hide from him. But it is you, my equal, my companion, my familiar friend. We used to hold sweet converse together; within God's house we walked in fellowship.   My companion stretched out his hand against his friends, he violated his covenant. His speech was smoother than butter, yet war was in his heart; his words were softer than oil, yet they were drawn swords. 
  • 4. THE PSALMIST’S WISHES
    • PSALM 55.9-11
    • Destroy their plans, O Lord, confuse their tongues; for I see violence and strife in the city. Day and night they go around it on its walls; and mischief and trouble are within it, ruin is in its midst; oppression and fraud do not depart from its market place.
  • 5. THE PSALMIST’S WISHES
    • Psalm 55.22,23
    •     Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved. But thou, O God, wilt cast them down into the lowest pit; men of blood and treachery shall not live out half their days. But I will trust in thee.
  • 6. PROPER READING OF GOD’S WORD
    • How do we interpret this?
    • “ ... he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved ” (NIV: “ fall ” )
    • “ Cast your burden on the LORD”
  • 7. PROPER READING OF GOD’S WORD
    • No promise that He will always remove or keep away sources or causes of anxiety
    • The promise is that He will keep and see you through harm and hurt
    • You will undergo trials and evil but with God’s company and protection
    • The suffering is temporary; God’s care is effective now and eternal
  • 8. MISREADING OF SCRIPTURE
    • Whenever men (no matter how well-meaning) do not have proper reading of God’s Word, the result is
    • unbiblical notions ( you-must-enjoy everything-you-do; if-you-like-it,it-is-God’s-will )
    • theologically-unsound applications ( wealth & health prosperity “gospel” )
    • which are irresponsible, harmful and downright wrong.
  • 9. SUFFERING IS COMMON
    • All humans (including those who profess Christ) suffer the consequences of sin.
    • This side of heaven, there is no life without the pain and anguish of suffering.
    • Look no further than the prophets, John the Baptist, Jesus Christ, Peter and Paul.
  • 10. PROPER READING OF GOD’S WORD
    • Psalm 55.22,23
    •     Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved. But thou, O God, wilt cast them down into the lowest pit; men of blood and treachery shall not live out half their days. But I will trust in thee.
  • 11. DON’T CONFUSE THE TWO ROLES
    • MAN’S PART
    • To be righteous
    • To cast our burden on the LORD
    • To trust in the Lord
  • 12. DON’T CONFUSE THE TWO ROLES
    • GOD’S PART
    • He will sustain you
    • He will never permit the righteous to be moved
    • He will deal with evil & wickedness ( in human or other forms )
  • 13. DON’T CONFUSE THE TWO ROLES
    • THE GENERAL PRINCIPLE
    • We do what we have to do;
    • God will do what He will do.
    • We must do what we ( ourselves ) must do
    • We must never do what only God ( Himself ) can and will do
    • Do your part; leave God to do His part.
  • 14. DRAW NEAR TO GOD
    • Hebrews 7.25
    • Consequently he is able for all time to save those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.
  • 15. DRAW NEAR TO GOD
    • Under the cover and influence of His Presence and Word,
    • Live simple
    • Live, work and relate smart
    • Travel light
    • Let go of non-essentials;
    • Concentrate on what matters.