Psalms 16:8 – I have set the Lord always before me. Because He is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. A person who experiences the presence of the Lord in all circumstances will not be shaken no matter what might come his way. Such a person can say with confidence that the Lord is in each of the situations with him and that together they could handle it. This is a holy partnership that the Lord has given as a privilege to His beloved children who have handed over all their situations to Him. If we are unwilling to hand our situations on to the Lord, we would have to carry all the burdens all alone because there would be no one else to help us. When we hand it over to the Lord, He comes to carry us in His hands. When He is carrying us, He carries our burdens also. He knows that our burdens are too heavy for us as handle all alone. So the Lord comes to helps us carry our burdens with His power and at the same time He carries us in His hands. This is the beauty of the divine burden bearing partnership. So we need not waste our energy in bearing our burdens all alone, as it would be the most unintelligent thing to do. If we do, we will soon be weary, miserable and feel despondent. The Lord wants to ask us as to why we would want to carry the burden all alone when there is supernatural help available. We need to first come to realize our total inability to carry our burdens ourselves. Then we should go to the Lord and confess that He alone is able to help us. Thirdly we should unburden ourselves in the presence of the Lord and give Him full charge of it all. Fourthly we should not succumb to the pressure and temptation of the situation to take it back from the presence of the Lord to try it again all alone.
Dear reader, if you have set the Lord before you as the all-sufficient burden bearer, it should be easy for you to go to Him and submit all your burdens. For this to happen, you should continually dwell in His presence and in His shadow. When David had great burdens of being rejected by all around him, and when he was attacked from all corners, He set the Lord as his divine burden bearer in front of him and kept all his difficult situations at His feet. When Abraham, Isaac, Rachel and Hannah faced childlessness as their greatest burden, they kept their burdens in the presence of the Lord. Nehemiah rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem by setting the Lord before him and allowed Him to take charge of the building program for His name sake. When Daniel, Joseph, Jacob, Ruth, Job, Paul and all the other servants of the Lord were confronted with difficult situations, all of them set the Lord as their partner in burden bearing and kept dwelling in His presence. The Lord gave them all the reassurance that He would bear their burdens and give them release. When they handed over their heavy loads to the Lord, the burdens were lifted and the joy of the Lord encompassed around them. None of the forces behind the difficult circumstances bothered them thereafter. They were no longer perplexed and shaken with anxiety and fear, but were able to relax because their Lord was in charge of their situations. The Lord was their strength and He gave them courage and boldness to go forward by faith in the Lord who is their burden bearer. Their Lord is our Lord too and He will be with us each day to bear our burdens for us if we set Him before us as our refuge and bulwark.1 Peter 5:7 – Cast all your anxiety on the Lord because He cares for You. Thought for Today
The Lord who bore all our burdens alone on Calvary is today our partner in bearing our daily burdens to leave us unshaken in all circumstances.