Words & Music by Edward Henry Joy, 1871-1941

Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
I Peter 5:7

Upon the Lord your burden to cast,
To Him bring all your care;
He will sustain and hold you fast,
And give thee strength to bear.
Author Unknown

Worry, anxiety, and depression have been the subjects of many discourses. The reason, of course, is that these conditions are so common to everyone. Many descriptions of these times have been given:

Worry is nothing but borrowed trouble.--Unknown origin.

Worry is faithlessness incognito.--Jennifer Seest.

Worry does not relieve tomorrow of its stress--it merely empties today of its strength & joy.--Unknown origin.

The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith, and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety.--George Mueller.

Depression is the Devil's tool in thwarting the joy of believers and in immobilizing them in the Lord's service.--Unknown origin.

You cannot read the book of Psalms without sensing the deep cloud of emotional gloom sometimes experienced by King David, this man after God's own heart. Why art thou cast down, O my soul? And why are thou disquieted within me? (Psalm 43:5a). But David also knew the right answer for these dark times. First, he honestly admitted his feelings to God. Second, he reestablished his confidence in God. Third, he determined to praise Him-- Hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God. (Psalm 43:5b). This three-stage antidote for despair is still the cure for our emotional anxieties today.

Is there a heart o'erbound by sorrow?
Is there a life weighed down by care?
Come to the cross--each burden bearing,
All your anxiety--leave it there.

No other friend so willing to help you,
No other friend so quick to hear;
No other place to leave your burden,
No other one to hear your prayer.

Come then at once--delay no longer!
Heed His entreaty kind and sweet;
You need not fear a disappointment--
You shall find peace at the mercy seat.

All your anxiety, all your care,
Bring to the mercy seat--leave it there;
Never a burden He cannot bear,
Never a friend like Jesus!

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*For Today*: Psalm 27:5, 37:5, 55:22, 91:1, 138:7; Luke 21:34; II Corinthians 1:9 & 10; Philippians 4:6

When anxious moments come your way, remember to do what King David did. When we thank and praise God in every situation, anxieties will cease!


Taken from Amazing Grace -- 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions Copyright 1990 by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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