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Resource in Trouble.

Resource in Trouble.

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REV. RICHARD CECIL, A.M


Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee : he shall
never suffer the righteous to be moved. — Psalm Iv, 22. [1 796]
REV. RICHARD CECIL, A.M


Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee : he shall
never suffer the righteous to be moved. — Psalm Iv, 22. [1 796]

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RESOURCE I TROUBLE.REV. RICHARD CECIL, A.MCast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee : he shallnever suffer the righteous to be moved. — Psalm Iv, 22. [1 796]There is a distinction between human learning anddivine. In human things, the opinions of the learnedin one age, are different from the opinions of the learnedin another age ; but in divine learning, this is not thecase. There is " One Lord, one faith, one baptism,one God and Father of all, v^^ho is above all, and throughall, and in you all." Eph. iv. 5, 6. God's children areall taught the same lesson, bear the same testimony,tread in the same steps.But who are the persons to whom these words areaddressed ? They are the righteous, i. e. persons rest-ing on the atonement ; being justified by faith, theyhave peace with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ.They are renewed and sanctified by the Holy Spirit,and are enabled "to live soberly, righteously, andgodly, in this present evil world." But while they dothis, God has never told them thev should have notrouble, no cross, no burden, no anxiety ; but, on thecontrary, he tells them they shall : for " all that willlive godly in Christ Jesus, shall suffer persecution."But while they have their trouble, they are directedwhat to do with it. They have — I. A CHARGE GIVE THEM I " Cast till/ hurdeii uponthe LorciyII. A PROMISE GIVE THEM: ''and he shall sustainthee:'I. This CHARGE is the same as that in 1 Peter v. 7."Casting all your care upon him; for he careth foryou." Also, that given by our Lord, Matt. vi. 25 — 34 :RESOURCE I TROUBLE. 45" Therefore I say unto you, take no thought for your
 
life/' And Luke xii. 22 — 32: "Consider the hUes,how they grow." The Scriptures not only give us thecharge, but set before us examples of those who actedupon it." Cast thy burden upon the Lord :" whether it be theburden of guilt, like that of David, Psalm li ; and Peter,Matt. xxvi. 75 ; or the burden of overwhelming care,Gen. xxxi. 13 ; or the burden of fear, like that of Jacob,Gen. xxxii. 9 — 11 ; of danger, like that of Hezekiah,Isa. xxxvii. 15 ; and of Asa, 2 Chron. xiv. 11. Whetherit be a peculiar temptation, like that of St. Paul, 2 Cor.xii. 8 — 10 ; or some special visitation from God, likethe sickness of Hezekiah, 2 Kings xx. 1 — 6 ; or if itbe the burden of an ungovernable imagination. If theimagination be burdened, life is imbittered, and onesits like a sparrow upon the house-top : but whateverit be, if it be a burden, and we are groaning under itas such — if our life is imbittered thereby — and thoughothers may think lightly of it, yet if our shoulders areoppressed by it — we are invited to cast it upon theLord, with the assurance, " he shall sustain thee." Hewill bear thee up in his arms, " lest at any time thoudash thy foot against a stone." This leads me toconsider,IL The promise given : " He shall sustain thee ; heshall never suffer the righteous to he moved."Unbelieving thoughts will make a man ready tostumble. One that has a burden on his back, canhardly step at all : but if a stumbling-block be put inhis way, it will be much more dangerous for him. Goddoes not promise to take off the load, but he promisesto sustain us under it. We must take the cordials of God's word as well as the precepts : we need the prom-46 ORIGIAL THOUGHTS.ises to encourage us. Let us remember, that none of us has any burden but what God has put on our backs.,and he alone can make it easy : " He shall sustainthee." Throughout the Scriptures we are told whatthe people of God did with their several burdens, thatwe may know what to do with ours. Psa. xxxvii. 5 — 7.
 
" He shall sustain thee," or hold thee up. How wasElijah sustained, when fleeing before Jezebel ? (See1 Kings xix. 5 — 8.) How comfortable is St. Paul'saccount of his support under his spiritual temptation,or infirmity; (2 Cor. xii. 8 — 10.) and the martyrs,each of whom had his burden ; but we find that theynever stood up so well, as when the burden seemed tolie the heaviest upon their backs. Their shoes wereiron and brass ; and as their day, so was their strength ;for the Lord sustained them : " He will never suffer therighteous to be moved." He does not say, he willnever suffer them to be alarmed ; they may be shaken,but they shall not be mOved : they shall not be movedfrom the foundation upon which they stand : they havecried to the Lord, and he has placed them on a rock,against which the gates of hell shall never prevail : theyshall never be moved from their lot : (Psalm xvi. 5, — cxxv. 3 ; — Dan. xii. 13.) they shall not be swept away:they shall not be confounded. Psalm Ixix. 6. There-fore David's resolution should be ours : " What time Iam afraid, I will trust in thee." Psalm Ivi. 3. Insteadof repining under our burdens, let us cast them uponthe Lord ; and let us ask how we came by them.Trouble is the only thing the Lord has promised to hischildren, without prayer.We are commanded to cast our burdens on the Lord,acknowledging that he only can bring us out of trou-ble. How sadly deceitful, and how condemned, isevery other refuge ! " When Ephraim saw his sick-RESOURCE I TROUBLE. 47ness, and Judah saw his wound, then went Ephraim tothe Assyrian, and sent to king" Jareb : yet could he notheal you, nor cure you of your wound." Hosea v. 13.What we know, we must know by believing God'sword ; and this word, which gives us the direction, isthe act and the deed of God, sealed bv the blood of Christ. He has told us to take no anxious care : hehas sent us to the birds of the air, and to the lilies of the field, for instruction. Let us leave the heathens togroan under their burdens — to take anxious care for

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