Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Psalm 55: 22 Cast your Burden aside
A great thing dawned on me today. It relates to Psalm 55:22:
"Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved."
I think it's common to carry things that prevent us from moving forward. Whether they are beliefs, feelings, pain, sin, etc.. To enter Heaven the scriptures teach there are certain burdens that must be cast off or purged out of us or we will not be able to enter in. We can't follow Christ and take His yoke upon us which is easy, and his burden which is light (Matt. 11: 30) and at the same time maintain and cling onto a bunch of other garbage.
A scripture in Isaiah has can have interesting meaning in this context. Isa. 13: 1 says "The burden of Babylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz did see." The burden of Babylon. What do you suppose that is? The footnote says it's the message of impending doom upon a people. Yeah... without a doubt. It's probably also the burden one has to carry when they know they are acting in ways contrary to the commandments and nature of God, and instead are embracing (or have become accustomed to) the darkness, beliefs, systems, and philosophies of Babylon. What a burden.
What good use of words in paring Babylon and a burden. Babylon typifies everything Heaven is not. As I understand it's use in scripture, Babylon is the self centered, prideful vain symbol of a fallen wicked world and society. It's among the crap we breath in and carry around with us that Christ asks us to leave behind. The list is probably endless of what comprises the "burden of Babylon". It would take a while to identify the belief systems, needs, religions, philosophies, propaganda, trends, history, future (well.... we know the future of Babylon and its doom) and other behaviors that would fall into the category of "Babylon" and the resulting burdens. A friend and author Denver, goes in depth on such topics about our culture and it's context in living the Gospel in Nephi's Isaiah. Worth reading.
The Psalmist says "Cast thy burden upon the Lord". I think this is more than a mental exercise. You actually have to DO something as opposed to just thinking or philosophizing about theories. We should take up residence in more Holy Spheres. To do that we should lay down our burdens, the errors, sins or whatever holds us back, and come follow the Lord instead. His promise is peace and rest, a yoke that is easy, and a burden that is light. What beautiful words. What beautiful promises. What relief and comfort Christ and the atonement provides from a world with individuals suffering with heavy, exhausting burdens. I have been no exception to the filth and errors. Sometimes I catch a glimpse of "the burdens of Babylon" in my own life and present society. What a stark contrast to the truth, yoke, and burden of our Lord. It really is true. I'm not repeating phrases from scriptures, this has been my own experience. How could we not want to obey and follow such a being? It's too much fun, too enjoyable when the Holy Ghost reveals light and truth to you. I can't help but seek Him always. Truly He has the words of Eternal Life.