May 17

He Bears Our Burdens

There seem to be a lot of people with a lot of burdens. I do not think that this is necessarily unique to our time period, but the internet, television, and social media have made it so that my burden can be your burden pretty quickly.  And national tragedies such as the Boston Marathon or 9/11 can be played over and over again so that we all feel them pretty deeply.

In fact, I think many of us are paralyzed with how to move from today’s tragedy into tomorrow because calm does not seem possible.

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We feel overwhelmed, weighed-down, and tired.

This is not how it is supposed to be…especially for those who profess faith in Christ.  We are to be free from the weight of all of these cares and concerns…but we do not know how to give them up.

In the daily reading for today – some more time in the Psalms – three very similar yet different passages (Psalm 45, 68, and 96) talk about being weighed down, distracted, and pursued by the darkness.  And they all point us to the One who wants to lift us from our burdens, help us to focus on our purpose – to glorify Him – and pursues us with His light.

One particular passage in Psalm 68 caught my eye.

19 Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior,
who daily bears our burdens.

God daily bears our burdens…

Is it possible that God knows we have a hard time focusing on the Him, that He knows we would constantly remember the burdens we carry, and that He knows He would have to daily bear our burdens?  I think it is.  I think He knows that this is how we are, and He makes up for it.

It is not so much that we get a ton of new burdens every day – although this is true for some.  What is more true is that we have a hard time forgetting our burdens at the foot of our Lord and that we tend to drag them back with us as go on with our lives.  How many of us would love for this to not be the case? But it is.

And because it is, God daily bears our burdens.  We can wake up today  and ask Him to bear the same burden that we asked Him to bear yesterday. And He will.  He knows our nature, and He responds to it in a loving, kind, and overwhelmingly sacrificial way.

This is love.

What burdens do I need to ask Him to bear for me today?  Will I have the courage and gratitude to do so?

**photo credit: guilherme cecílio via photopin cc

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