I was with a dear friend the other day, who prayed that we would cast our burdens on the Lord.

Which is a phrase I use regularly. A verse I over-quote. And prayer I have often prayed myself.

But something about my friends intonation made the word “cast” stand out to me. And I’ve spent the last couple days wondering what it really means to “cast” something on the Lord.

I mean, I know what it means. But what does it look like? How do we live that?

The idea of casting our burdens on the Lord is echoed numerous times throughout scripture, but this verse caught my eye today.

“Cast your burden on the Lord and He will sustain you.” Psalm 55:22

I looked up the Hebrew for that word “cast”.

It’s this: שָׁלַךְ

For those of you that don’t read fluent Hebrew – its “shalak”.

It means to “throw, cast, hurl or fling…throw away, cast off, shed, cast down.”

I thought of something fishing, and casting a line. Throwing something out, farther than you could reach on your own, in holds of bringing something better back.

Casting the burden out of my reach…

Trust. That takes trust. Trust that The One you’re casting it on can handle the burden than you.

Letting it go…

Humility. The humility to admit, I can do nothing about the problem while I’m  holding it so tightly.

To throw away…

Surrender. To relinquish all rights I have to fix, poke, prode or otherwise handle the situation in my own way, on my own strength.

To cast my burden on the Lord.

To throw it on Him and trust that He will take my burden on.

To humbly surrender my claim on the burden, in the hope that He alone can fix it.

I started getting this image in my mind of praying over and over “Lord, this problem you’ve given me, I give it back.”

Instead of clutching the burden for dear life and holding on with all we’ve got, letting go and surrendering the problem to the Creator.

“Cast your burden on the Lord and He will sustain you.” Psalm 55:22

And He will sustain you.

That sustain word looks like this כּוּל and means this:

“to sustain, support, nourish; to contain, hold in, restrain; to support, endure; to be supplied”

Cast and be sustained.

Cast and be supported.

Cast and be nourished.

Cast and be held in.

Cast on Him and be sustained.




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  1. ADD

    wish we could do this together again! beautiful post once again, friend!

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