Yes, in the above verse David is asking us to cast our cares on the LORD. as you know “cares” are things that we are concerned about, things that we feel anxious about. Furthermore, cares are things that create anxiety in us and disturb our peace.
As human beings, we always have a tendency to cast our cares on flesh and blood. Either we, ourselves, take up those burdens or we rely on someone else to take care of them, who might be either our own family members, relatives or friends.
Even believers in Christ are not an exception. Christians too, seldom think about casting their cares on the LORD as David did. Yes, we do bring them before the LORD Almighty, but often after all sources have exhausted. Actually, this should not be the right approach to dealing with issues in life.
As David did; we should first take them before the LORD in prayer and after committing them into His hands, then, we should set out to do the things that we need to do. This has always been the practice of David; and each time this approach brought deliverance to him and glory to the LORD.
As you know, David is instructing us to cast our cares on the LORD from his own experience. Thousands of times he had already experienced LORD’s deliverances and they have taught him to lean more on God Almighty during a time of crisis.
In psalm 55, we could find that; David wrote it while going through one of the most difficult times in his life. He was in great distress because of the pain and grief that his enemies inflicted on his life.
Moreover, his enemies were also threatening to take his life away. David was surrounded by them from all sides and he had no one to turn to. David, despite being an extra-ordinary warrior who could fight thousands at a time, did not rely on his sword and shield for dealing with this difficult situation. Instead, he cried out to the LORD. See the verse below:
As you know, David is pouring out his heart before the LORD and he begins it with the above verse. From verse 2 we could understand that David was deeply agitated and his heart was filled with anxiety and negative thoughts. The following verses depict a clear picture of what was going on in David’s heart.
4My heart is in anguish within me; the terrors of death have fallen on me. 5Fear and trembling have beset me; horror has overwhelmed me. 6I said, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.7I would flee far away and stay in the desert; c 8I would hurry to my place of shelter, far from the tempest and storm.”(Psalm 55, 4-8)
As you see in the above verses; David is expressing himself very honestly. he completely pours out his heart before the LORD and he did not conceal any of his feelings before HIM.
Also, the pain in David’s heart was more intense, because; that pain was inflicted not by his unknown enemies but by of his close friends who he trusted with sincerity of heart.
They were people with whom David had a very cordial, friendly relationship. They were people with whom David enjoyed sweet fellowship at the temple of the LORD. They were people that David ate together and prayed together.
It was really very painful and disheartening to see his very close friends turning against him. The following verses give us more details:
12If an enemy were insulting me, I could endure it; if a foe were rising against me, I could hide. 13But it is you, a man like myself, my companion, my close friend, 14with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship at the house of God, as we walked about among the worshipers.(Psalm 55, 12-14)
Anyway, despite all the betrayal, hostility, hopelessness and challenges, David still leaned on his God. He still trusted God and cried out to Him for deliverance and the LORD Almighty, as David expected, delivered him from the hands of his enemies. See the verses below:
16As for me, I call to God, and the Lord saves me. 17Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice. 18He rescues me unharmed from the battle waged against me, even though many oppose me. (Psalm 55, 16-18).
Saints, I don’t know what you are going through; we live in one of the most difficult times in the history of mankind. The world has never experienced such a time of distress as this since the great flood of Noah.
Many have lost, including believers in Christ, their dear and near ones due to this pandemic that the world is going through. Hundreds of millions also have lost their jobs and other means of livelihoods and also many are separated from their dear and near ones.
In the midst of all these challenges, some of you also might be going through difficulties that are caused by your own family members, relatives or friends. Moreover, because of all these challenges you might be stressed out and worried; your heart might be disturbed and distraught. You might even be experiencing a sense of hopelessness. But the Word of God says:
Yes, cast all your cares on the LORD and He will sustain you. Remember, David was a man of God; a man after God’s own heart; he lived a righteous life before God and man. He did what was just and right in the eyes of the LORD. But still David had many challenges in His life.
Similarly, we, no matter how spiritual or devoted we are, might still face challenges and difficulties in life; we cannot escape from them, because, we live in a fallen world.
But, like David, if we walk before the LORD Almighty faithfully, if we live with a heart of integrity before HIM, definitely, He will deliver us from All those challenges. David experienced this in his own life and similarly we too will experience it, if we are willing to trust God and cast all our cares on HIM. As David says: God will never allow the righteous to be shaken.
Do not change the Word of God to Fit Your Lifestyle; But Change Your Lifestyle to Fit the Word of God.