How to let go of what’s weighing you down
From Psalms: A 28-Day Devotional
We all carry burdens. We carry them to work, to the grocery store, to school, and to bed at night. It’s hard to get out from under them. Sometimes, our burdens are a result of past mistakes. Other times, they are out of our control. Things like financial debt, relational strife, unexpected illness, and hurt from our past weigh us down.
In most cases, we can’t sweep our burdens under the rug. We might try to forget about them for a while, but they're always there — lingering in the back of our minds preventing us from fully enjoying the moment.
What if you didn't have to carry these burdens anymore? What if someone else wanted to carry them for you?
David points to God as our great burden bearer in Psalm 145. A burden bearer understands and carries our troubles and grievances for us. This doesn't mean God will instantaneously change our circumstances, but that He is with us in our burdens. He “...upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down” (Psalm 145:14).
God is not only willing to bear our burdens, He is able to. David reminds us that:
The way to hand off our heavy burden is to humbly admit, “God, I’m in over my head. I need your help.” We can trust that He is faithful and will come to our aid.
We are mere humans, but He is God whose “greatness is unfathomable” (Psalm 145:3). He is not standing on the sidelines when life gets tough. When you are ready to collapse, call out to God. He is ready to help.
- What is one burden you are currently carrying?
- Have you asked God for help carrying that burden?
- What’s one thing you can do today to rely on God’s strength rather than your own?