Let It Go

I’ve never seen “Frozen” and have no plans to do so. However, I understand that the theme song, “Let It Go” – performed by a fictional character named Elsa – has become incredibly popular with age-ten-and-under kiddie set.

This post is not about Elsa or her little song. I’m not sure what she was letting go, or whom she was addressing in her song, but long before Elsa was even a thought in some Disney’s animator’s mind, God was shouting “Let it go!” to His children. God has been doing this for literally thousands of years, and His message is much the same today:

I really like the Amplified (AMP) translation of Psalm 55. In today’s language, we may not always understand what it means to “cast [our] burdens” somewhere, but this translation helps me better understand the meaning behind the words. God literally is telling (not asking) us to release our troubles to Him.

I suppose another way of looking at it would be to imagine that I am holding on to something tightly, and God is telling me to simply drop it. Not throw it somewhere, and not try to ignore it – just drop it. Literally, stop holding onto it. Sounds easy, doesn’t it? 

However, some of us have been holding onto our “burden” (notice that the text uses the singular, rather than the plural) for so long, that we don’t know how to let it go. Sometimes, we don’t even realize that we are still holding onto our stuff as tightly as we are; as painful as the trials in our lives may be, the idea of letting go and entertaining some unknown and unfamiliar future appears scarier still.

I think it’s interesting that God will never force us to release our burden. However, when we read the rest of Psalm 55:22, we understand that there are significant blessings that we miss out on – completely! – when we fail to relinquish our concerns to the Lord. Indeed, God promises to

  • Sustain us;
  • Uphold us; and
  • Keep us from stumbling.

Of course, He does these things after we do our part – releasing our burden to Him, letting it go.

One of my all-time favorite hymns is “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” – the opening stanza captures the essence of the “let it go” theme from Psalm 55:22 perfectly:

What a friend we have in Jesus; 

All our sins and griefs to bear!

What a privilege to carry

Everything to God in prayer!

Oh, what peace we often forfeit,

Oh, what needless pain we bear;

All because we do not carry

Everything to God in prayer!

I’m tired of forfeiting my peace and holding onto needless pain. It’s time to let this burden go!

Here is my prayer for today: Dear Lord, thank You for this important reminder for me to release anything and everything of consequence to You. Of course, I am still a responsible adult, and need to make the day-to-day decisions of my life, but it is not my job to carry any burdens. That’s in Your job description, not mine! 

Thank You for sustaining me, upholding me, and keeping me from stumbling. I may lose my footing from time to time, but I’ll never be down for the count – in this lifetime or the next – thanks to You. In Your name I pray, Amen.

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