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Take Your Burden to the Lord, and Leave it There

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“Let Him have all your worries and cares, for He is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you.” (1Peter 5:7, The Living Bible)

worryYears ago I came across an memorable little poem that goes, “Worry is an old man with bended head carrying a load of feathers, which he thinks is lead.” Is that you? Bowed over with a load that weighs more in your mind than it does in fact, laboring under the imagined weight of it all – not realizing that you really aren’t carrying anything at all?

“Consider the lilies of the field,” Jesus said, “they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed as one of these.” And again, “Consider the birds of the air, they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”

Somehow we just don’t get it. And rather than trust the Lord to carry our load, we do it ourselves and have nothing to show for it but wrinkled faces and frustrated souls.

Peter tells us that we must let Him have all our worries and cares – and here is why. “For He is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you.” Notice two words specifically: always and everything.

The Lord is ALWAYS thinking about you, and watching EVERYTHING that concerns you. Do you seriously believe that you can do a better job than Him? Then why not let Him carry the load? Why not trust that He is really looking out for you in all things at all times?

Since He is always thinking about you, and watching everything that concerns you – you no longer need to always be thinking about yourself, and watching everything that concerns only you!

But what then shall you do with all this new found free time on your hands? Here’s a suggestion, in the words of King David the Psalmist: “I am always thinking about the Lord; and because He is so near, I need never stumble or fall” (Psalm 16:8, Living Bible).

Perhaps this old Gospel standard will provide you a melodious way to make the much needed transition from worry to rest, from fret to faith, from trying to do it on your own – to trusting in the Lord who alone can do all things well.

“Leave it There”

by Charles A. Tindley, known as one of the “founding fathers of American Gospel music.” The son of slaves, Tindley taught him­self to read and write at age 17. Working as a janitor while attending night school, he earned his divinity degree through a correspondence course. In 1902, he became pastor of the Calvary Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the church where he had earlier been the janitor. At the time of Tindley’s death, his church had 12,500 members. The Tindley Temple United Methodist Church in Philadelphia was named after him. Tindley’s “I’ll Overcome Some Day” was the basis for the American civil rights anthem “We Shall Overcome,” popularized in the 1960’s.

If the world from you withhold of its silver and its gold,
And you have to get along with meager fare,
Just remember, in His Word, how He feeds the little bird;
Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.

If your body suffers pain and your health you can’t regain,
And your soul is almost sinking in despair,
Jesus knows the pain you feel, He can save and He can heal;
Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.

When your enemies assail and your heart begins to fail,
Don’t forget that God in heaven answers prayer;
He will make a way for you and will lead you safely through.
Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.

When your youthful days are gone and old age is stealing on,
And your body bends beneath the weight of care;
He will never leave you then, He’ll go with you to the end.
Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.

Leave it there, leave it there,
Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.
If you trust and never doubt, He will surely bring you out.
Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.

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  1. CHARLIE YANDELL
    February 5th, 2014 at 10:23 | #1

    Thank you for the Lyrics to the song “Leave It There>” Also for the Authors Name and Bio. This is a blessing.