There are a couple different verses in this psalm that bring thoughts to my mind. The first is vs.6 which brings the above song to mind. I’ll fly away reminds us that we are able to be at rest when we are in the arms of the Lord. There is a desire to be able to have wings like a dove for the sole purpose of being able to fly away from our problems and our adversaries.
You learn pretty quickly, however, that flying away from your problems just makes those problems more ominous and more dire. Sticking your head in the sand just gets you a sunburned back side, which is never fun. The song, more than the psalm, reminds us that we have a promise of eternal life once this life is over. That is a comforting, healthy thought.
When I read vs.22 it reminds me a number of scriptures that tell us to cast our burden upon the Lord. Check out these Scriptures and I think you will be surprised how often it is used.
Psalm 55:22, Isaiah 41:13, Matthew 6:25, Matthew 11:28-29,
Philippians 4:6-7, 1 Peter 5:7
It is a very, very common image of casting our burdens upon the Lord. I know that I have used the image of casting our burdens at the foot of the cross and Jesus will take them up. There is a confidence that we have as believers that God will sustain us. We are able to cast our sin upon Jesus, and he will forgive us of them. Throwing our burdens, our sins, our problems, our fears, our anxieties, anything which separates us from God allows us to be sustained with the promise that God will take all of these things and handle them. I’ve got to say, that feels pretty good.