A promise from Psalm 55

In my endeavor to know and cling to God’s promises this year, I have noticed that I am more prone to look for them when reading the Bible. I just read Psalm 55:22: “Cast your burden on the Lordand he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.” God promises two things in this verse. First, he will sustain you when you cast your burdens on him; and second, he will never permit the righteous to be moved. 

It was the second promise that I took note of when I read Psalm 55 because as I was sorting through the stack of verse-inscribed index cards in my car, I found one of Psalm 16:8:”I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.”

Shaken and moved are similar words and portray the same idea in these verses. Christ is our rock so nothing should shake us, move us, or even make us wobble. But so often I have wobbly faith.

It is easy to think that faith means we should be happy-go-lucky people. We believe God so we don’t have to do anything. We wait and see. It’s passive. But according to these Psalms, we are to do something while we trust. In Psalm 55 we cast our burden on the Lord, and in Psalm 16, we set the Lord always before us. It is with this constant casting and setting that we will find the storms and billows and scary situations will not move or shake us. I might need more index cards.

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