By Pastor Lee Hemen
May 26, 2008
Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall. (Psalm 55:22)
You know what I like about the promises of God? There are definite and for specific purposes. Like here, with this verse that so many Christians love to quote, but of course many get their rendition from Peter (1 Peter 5:7), which is a transliteration of this Psalm. However, notice what God is saying here and what He is not saying here. First He is not saying that just anyone can cast their “cares on” Him, but only those who know Him. How dare I say such a thing? Look at the rest of the verse, “He will never let the righteous fall.” Only the “righteous,” ergo those who know Him, will never “fall.” In other words, this promise is only for the righteous of God, not the weak-willed, not the lukewarm, and certainly not for the unsaved who do not recognize God at all. Those who know God can always cast their cares on Him because they know Him! They know how He responds and how He does indeed care for those He loves. The ungodly, the weak-willed only cast their cares on God when they need Him, or when it benefits their timing. You know, like when they are going through a really difficult or emotional time and by golly God had better care for them then!
Those that are “righteous,” know God, as I stated earlier. They are righteous because of the relationship they already enjoy with the Lord. Righteous people are those who are walking with God. They are the ones that love God completely and others as themselves. The weak-willed and the ungodly only care about themselves until they really need something from God immediately and then they are all about getting an answer for the Lord. But God does not work that way, and He will not be mocked in such a manner. He is not some good time fella, a namby-pamby, good time rock and roll emotional being that responds to our whims of the moment. He is Almighty God.
Notice back in verse 16 Davis sings, “I call to God, and the LORD saves me.” Not his friend who once walked with him in God’s house (vv. 13-14, 20), but only the Lord saves him. David understood where his help came from and where he could cast his cares. David understood that some so-called “friends” were ungodly. Their “speech is smooth as butter, yet war is in his heart; his words are more soothing than oil, yet they are drawn swords.” Wow! David could not trust them!
This is why he could go to God. He could trust God, and so can you dear child of the Lord. No matter what life throws your way, no matter what friends may do, no matter what trials or temptations assail you this day, this day you have someone whom you can cast your cares on and it is the Lord. Why? Because He alone has made you righteous by your faith and trust in Him. Go to Him today. Cast your cares on Him, because He cares for you little righteous one.
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