Devotional

The Lord Our Sustainer

Michael Beck Michael Beck

“Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.” (Psalm 55:22)

Casting our cares upon the Lord is an act of self-preservation. Life at times becomes too much. Our heart simply cannot bear the load. So much needs addressing, but we feel inadequate to the task. Or worse still, we fear moving in our own harshness to deal with matters that require a delicate touch.

The Psalmist gained God’s help, but not before he “found trouble and sorrow,” and was “brought low.”

“The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow. Then called I upon the name of the LORD; O LORD, I beseech thee, deliver my soul. Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful. The LORD preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me.” (Psalm 116:3-6)

We desperately need the ministry of the Comforter. When the Spirit of the Lord anoints us He gives us the “garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.” (Isaiah 61:3) Yes, there is that sacrifice of thanksgiving we offer the Lord because He has come through for us with a marvelous answer to prayer; but there is also a rejoicing in the midst of the darkest night.

When we are seeking the Lord and His strength we can wear the garment of praise even when a situation is ongoing and unresolved. Things may still be quite a mess here on earth; but God is still on His throne above.

“Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD. Seek the LORD, and his strength: seek his face evermore.” (Psalm 105:3,4)


Michael Beck is a pastor in New York City and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.