Any Burden

by adustyframe ~ April 30th, 2009

The other day, I was driving across town and heard this song on Christian radio. I’ve heard it a couple times since then and each time it takes my breath away.

I used to sing this song when my life wasn’t so hard. I remember reading the lyrics and thinking that yes the Lord could send me anywhere and do anything with my life. I knew he would sustain me. I didn’t think any sacrifice would be to big for me to make for God.

Do you sing songs in church without thinking of the lyrics? Sometimes our pastor says it would be better to not sing than to say words like these with a heart that doesn’t mean them. I think actually he says doing so would be lying.

So, I was running my errands and I walked back to the car and the phrase, “Lay any burden on me only sustain me” came to my mind over and over.

Did I mean it when I sang those words so long ago? I think I did at the time. I couldn’t look ahead and see the heavy burdens the Lord would lay on me. None of us can know what our future holds. The part that took my breath away was the “only sustain me” because he HAS!

God has held us, sustained us, provided for us, uplifted us, and kept us going. He will continue to do so.  It truly was a wonderful thing for me to spend time thinking about how God has sustained us.

These lyrics are partially written by the great missionary David Livingston. Read over them and think about your life and how God has sustained you. Will you share an example?

Here is a partial clip. You can hear the chorus and the first part of a verse.

O Lord, since Thou hast died
To give Thyself for me,
No sacrifice could be too great
For me to make for Thee.

Lord, send me anywhere, Only go with me;
Lay any burden on me, Only sustain me.
Sever any tie, Save the tie that binds me to Thy heart-
Lord Jesus, my King, I consecrate my life, Lord, to Thee.

I only have one life,
And that will soon be past;
I want my life to count for Christ,
What’s done for Him will last.

I follow Thee, my Lord,
And glory in Thy cross;
I gladly leave the world behind
And count all gain as loss.


5 Thoughts Shared to Any Burden

  1. Tara

    Wow, beautiful and powerful lyrics. I can think of things that I have gone through that I wasn’t sure I’d make it through but He did sustain me. I can think of times when I prayed such prayers not knowing what was ahead, and again, He sustained me. I can also think of times when I certainly didn’t take it as seriously as I should. All these lessons mean for me that He will indeed sustain me, and it has always drawn me closer to Him. It’s just a scary thing to pray, you know? Thank you for sharing this. Hugs.

    I’m so thankful for his sustaining grace. I couldn’t make it without him!

  2. Susanna

    So true about the words that we sing. Your Pastor is right- to sing and not mean it is to lie- but I am thankful we do not know the trials (and blessings) laid in store for us- otherwise we would run and hide or get complacent and unthankful. But He knows our hearts and the willingness there even if we do no fully comprehend what it may mean for us.

  3. Barbara H.

    I’ve been guilty of glibly and thoughtlessly zipping through a hymn only to realize at the last verse that I wasn’t paying attention. And even when we do pay attention and mean what we sing, there will be ways to learn it’s meaning more fully, as you described.

    I didn’t hear this song til college days. I used to hear it all the time then, but not so much any more.

    I also sometimes sing (or play) without thinking about it.

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  5. sara

    There are quite a few songs we sing in church that I sing while weeping. I know the words are true, and I do mean it when I sing “Blessed be Your name on the road marked with suffering, though there’s pain in the offering, blessed be Your name.” I just want to get off the road marked with suffering!

    🙂 I agree, it’s hard to be on that road!