Read: Psalm 55:4-22
David yearned, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest” (Ps. 55:6). When life seems to be difficult, we too yearn to fly away and be at rest. David wrote freely about his circumstances: Violence, oppression, and strife surrounded him on all sides, stirred up by the disloyalty of an old friend (Ps. 55:8-14). Fear and terror, pain and trembling, anxiety and restlessness overwhelmed him (Ps. 55:4-5). No wonder he longed to fly away.
But escape was impossible. He could only give his circumstances to God: “As for me, I will call upon God, and the Lord shall save me. Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, and He shall hear my voice” (Ps. 55:16-17). Whatever our circumstances – a difficult marriage, a burdensome ministry, joblessness, or deep loneliness – we can give them to God. He has lifted the burden of our sins; will He not lift the weight of our sorrows? We have entrusted our eternal souls to Him; can we not entrust our present circumstances to Him? Ps. 55:22 says, “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.”
Because God cares about us, we can leave our cares with Him. 1 Pet. 5:7 rightly says, “casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” Only when we learn to trust Him by casting all our cares upon Him can we find true rest in Him.