Too Heavy for Me

For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me.

Psalm 38:4

David is speaking here about his sin.  He starts the verse by saying that his iniquities have gone over his head.  Sometimes when we look at ourselves, all we can see is all of the vile, rotten sin that lives within us.  Sometimes when we think about all of our failures and shortcomings, we can’t help but feel overwhelmed.  We are not alone.  David, who is described as a “man after God’s own heart”, felt the same way. 

In the second part of the verse, he says that they are “an heavy burden” and that they are “too heavy for me”.  That is the way any sin is in our lives.  It is a heavy burden that is far too heavy for us to bear.  There is no way that we can carry our own load of sin.  Just as Christian in Pilgrim’s Progress had a tremendous burden, so we also carry a burden of sin that threatens to weigh us down.  It is truly a “heavy burden and too heavy for us”.

But it is not too heavy of a burden for Jesus.  He bore our sins on the Cross.  He knows that they are too heavy for us to carry, so He carried them for us.  He carried them straight to the Cross.  What a great image that we get from the Psalmist- our sins constitute a burden that is impossible for us to carry.  They are too heavy for us.  But they are not too heavy for Him.  Will we today “cast all our care upon Him”?

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