Summary: When life burdens you down, you can cast those burdens upon the Lord.
PSALM 55:22 “CAST THY BURDEN UPON THE LORD”
A) This is a world of burden-bearing ... Sorrow and trouble come to all .......
* They’re not respecters of persons! * The rich have their share of trouble as well as the poor!
* Job 5:7 “Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.”
* Job 14:1 “Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.”
* Jer. 8:15 “We looked for peace, but no good came; and for a time of health, and behold trouble.”
B) Some have to carry heavier burdens than others!
* Some seem handicapped and frustrated at every turn of the road.
* Some have little conception of the hidden burdens that others are carrying.
* Many a breaking heart is hidden by a smiling face … Often the deepest and the heaviest burdens
that men and women carry are those not seen with the naked eye!
(1) WHAT KIND OF BURDENS DO PEOPLE CARRY?
A) There are burdens that have to do with the home!
* To most of us, home is sweet; but not to everyone.
* In many homes there are poverty, sickness, sorrow and disruption.
* There is the burden of unsaved children, or of a mother or father or husband or wife.
B) There are burdens that have to do with business responsibilities!
* Maybe where you work the people seem to be so wicked, so anti-God, so anti-Christ.
* All you hear all the day long is one filthy joke or word after another.
* People need to hear a word of encouragement on Sundays after fighting the devil all week!
C) There are burdens in connection with the Lord’s work!
* Paul said in 2 Cor. 11:28 “Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me
daily, the care of all the churches.”
* Sometimes I wonder how we are going to take care of all the financial obligations of our church.
* I wonder how I can help backslidden people who are so far away from God, and they don’t care.
D) There are burdens that have to do with our friends!
* Our enemies don’t need to wear a sign saying, “I’m your enemy!” * We know who they are.
* It wasn’t an enemy that hated David, it was a friend – Psa. 55:12-14 …….
* We don’t make very many intimate friends in a lifetime, so the ones we have, we had better treat
right … In old age, intimate friends are hard to come by.
E) Then there are physical burdens! * Paul said in 2 Cor. 12:7 …….
* “And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was
given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted
* Some have been sick for a long time … They wonder how much longer they can take it!
* Oh, all the physical burdens in our church!
F) There are also temperamental burdens, and sometimes these are the hardest to bear: Fear,
anxiety, worry, depression and even despair!
* Most of us have to work on these burdens all the time.
* There is the burden of the loss of a loved one: husband, wife, child or parent.
* You don’t know how you’re going to make it through this time.
G) What about the burden of disappointment?
* You didn’t get that new job, that new car, that new house.
* Girls are disappointed they didn’t get that special boyfriend.
H) Most girls think they are standing at the Last Chance Station!
* Let the ugliest boy come by and wink at them, and they fall all over themselves.
* Listen now … God has just the right person waiting for you.
* Young man, you may be disappointed that you didn’t get her as your girlfriend.
* Thank God you didn’t, if she wasn’t the one God had chosen for you.
(2) THINGS WE SHOULD NOT DO BECAUSE OF OUR BURDENS!
A) One: We’re not to doubt God! * Look at what David said in v.1 …….
* How easy it is for us to doubt when trouble comes upon us.
* But doubting God does not give us relief from our burdens. * 1 Tim. 2:8 “I will therefore that
men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.”
B) Two: We’re not to murmur and complain – v.2!
* The Bible has quite a bit to say about murmuring, but little is being said against it today.
* The heart of the word complain means “a blow against God.”
* Phil. 2:14 “Do all things without murmurings and disputings:”