There were times in David’s life where he felt completely helpless, weary, and under extreme duress. We too may feel this way at times in our lives. But, when these times happen what should be our response?
David is a wonderful example of how helpful it is to turn to God in prayer when we find ourselves under duress. David offers the song/prayer in Psalm 55 during a time in his life when he had been betrayed by his own son Absalom and his counselor Ahithophel (2 Sam 15:1-12; 16:15-23). In this prayer David turns to and casts his burdens upon the LORD.
David prays that God will hear his prayer (vv. 1-3). He expresses his earnest plea of desperation (vv. 4-8). He prays for deliverance from those who do wickedness (vv. 9-11). He laments the betrayal of his own friend (vv. 12-15, 20-21)! He calls to God pleading that He will hear him (vv. 16-19). In this process of faithful lament David is comforted and, at the very end of the Psalm, he sings out in comfort teaching us all what we should do when we feel helpless, weary, and under extreme duress.
Cast your burden on the LORD! This is reminiscent of Jesus’ own words in Matthew 11:28-30. Jesus tells us to come to Him, we who are weary and burdened, and He will give us rest. Today, cast your burdens on the Lord and He will sustain us, and never allow the righteous to be moved! He will give us rest!
DURING THIS PANDEMIC, WE ARE WORSHIPING AS FOLLOWS: