Burden Bearer


“I pour out my complaints before him and tell him all my troubles. When I am overwhelmed, you alone know the way I should turn.” Psalms 142:2-3 (NLT)


Why do we keep things from God? We hurt, we reel from painful situations and so often we bear them alone. Worst we are tempted to ignore our pain, mask our real feelings or compensate with our busyness. David suggests another way. He says when we are overwhelmed, we should come to God and pour out our complaints. I love the metaphor. God invites us to come and dump out our problems before Him, not worrying about the messiness. And David knew what it was like to be burdened. He wrote today’s verse while he lived in a cave running from King Saul. Perhaps he remembered what he wrote at another time. He wrote, “Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.” There was his secret. He knew that God would daily bare His burdens. He knew God was the one who knew the way he should turn. And that same God, the God of David, will do the same for you. Today, come to God. Let Him bare your burden. Share your complaint with Him. Bring to Him all your cares and worries. Let Him show you the way to peace and joy.


Father, You know my complaints. You know my worries and cares. I bring them to You today. Take them Lord. I come, in the name of Jesus, asking that You would show me the way to go.



I give my burdens to God

In meditation go to a quiet place. Be at peace knowing you are there to meet God. Next to you sits all your complaints, cares and burdens. See yourself crying out to God and watch as He approaches. You know He is coming to check on you and to help you with any burden you may have. You wait until you know feel safe and then in faith you pour all your cares, complaints and burdens at His feet. You watch as He picks up each one. He reads them with love and empathy. You sense how deeply He cares as He lovingly consoles you and shows you what to do next.


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