Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall. – Psalm 55:22

tylb-surefooted-faithMost of the psalms written by David were expressions of his troubles and affirmations of his faith. And David had enough troubles (and enough faith) to last many lifetimes.

Life was turbulent for David as a young man. He spent more than twenty years running for his life from King Saul and other enemies. He lived in caves and never knew whom he could trust. Later, as king, he endured multiple disappointments, including the rebellion and death of a beloved son. When David advises us to give our burdens to the Lord, he knows what he’s talking about.

But David also got into some serious sin during his lifetime. He even had an adulterous affair and arranged for his lover’s husband to be killed. How could he say that God doesn’t let the godly slip and fall?

David slipped when he stopped giving his burdens to the Lord and tried to manage life on his own. But when he confessed his sin and returned to relying on God–to being “godly“–he found his footing again.

Ask Yourself
Are you anxious about situations you can’t control? How can you give that burden to the Lord?

Have you ever slipped and fallen and felt that getting up was impossible? How did you finally find your footing?

Ask God
Dear God, I want to be strong and surefooted as I walk through this life. Remind me that this will never happen unless I give you my burdens and trust in your care. Help my understanding of you to grow each day so that I can experience you fully.

Taken from Take Your Life Back Day by Day copyright © 2016 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.