“Cast All Your Burdens on Jesus”

“Cast thy burden upon the Lord…” (Ps. 55:22)

     INTRO.:  A song which exhorts us to cast our burdens upon the Lord is “Cast All Your Burdens on Jesus” (#236 in Sacred Selections for the Church).  The text was written and the tune was composed both by Tillit Sidney Teddlie (1885-1997).  It was copyrighted in 1935 by the Gospel Advocate Co. and probably first appeared in their 1935 book Christian Hymns (No. 1) edited by L. O. Sanderson.  Other well known Teddlie songs include “Heaven Holds All to Me,” “Worthy Art Thou,” and “The Lord’s Supper.”  Among other hymnbooks published by members of the Lord’s church during the twentieth century for use in churches of Christ, besides Christian Hymns (No. 1) “Cast All Your Burdens on Jesus” appeared in the 1938 Spiritual Melodies and the 1943 Standard Gospel Songs both edited by Teddlie; and the 1940 Complete Christian Hymnal edited by Marion Davis.  Today it may be found in Sacred Selections and the 2007 Sacred Songs of the Church edited by William D. Jeffcoat.

     The song identifies several specific situations in which we should cast our burdens on the Lord.

I. Stanza 1 talks about being weary of life’s heavy load
“Soul, are you weary of life’s heavy load?  Cast all your burdens on Jesus!
Have you grown heartsick and faint on the road?  Cast all your burdens on Him.”
 A. In this life it is very easy to grow weary: Ps. 69:3
 B. What makes us weary is the heavy load that we often have to bear: Gal. 6:5
 C. The weariness of our burden can make us grow heartsick and faint on the road: Heb. 12:3

II. Stanza 2 talks about being tired of the toils of the day
“Have you grown tired of the toils of the day?  Cast all your burdens on Jesus!
You will find rest at the end of the way; Cast all your burdens on Him.”
 A. In this life, we sometimes become tired and are tempted to lose heart: Gal. 6:9
 B. What causes us to be tired is the toils of the day: Gen. 5:29
 C. However, Jesus promises that we shall find rest from our burdens: Matt. 11:28-30

III. Stanza 3 talks about being faint in despair
“Oh, that your soul may not faint in despair, Cast all your burdens on Jesus!
Think of the rest that awaits you up there; Cast all your burdens on Him.”
 A. Again, there are times in this life that we may grow faint and lose heart: Eph. 3:13
 B. What brings about this faintheartedness is the despair that we feel as we look at the evil in the world around us: Eccl. 2:20
 C. However, we can look forward to the rest that awaits us up there to help get us through the hard times here: Rev. 14:13

     CONCL.:  The chorus repeats the instruction to go to Jesus with our burdens and cast them on Him.
“Cast all your burdens on Jesus!  Take every sorrow to Him.
Ask in Him prayer—He your troubles will share; Cast all your burdens on Him.”
Probably in order to avoid the “praying to Jesus” controversy, Jeffcoat in Sacred Songs for the Church changed the third line of the chorus to read, “Jesus doth care and your troubles He’ll share.”  However, it seems as if we should be able to understand songs that mention asking Jesus something in prayer simply to mean acknowledging Him as our Mediator when we pray to the Father (1 Tim. 2:5).  In any event, one of the great spiritual blessings that God has made available to His people through His Son is that whenever you find yourself tried or troubled, you can “Cast All Your Burdens on Jesus.”


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