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Roll and Repose

Commit your way to the Lord (roll and repose each care of your load on Him) trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) also in Him and He will bring it to pass.  Psalm 37:5 (AMPC)

The word used for “commit” in Hebrews is galal.  It is an interesting word found also in Proverbs 16:3:

Roll your works upon the Lord (commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and) so shall your plans be established and succeed.  Proverbs 16:3 (AMPC)

The word “commit” is a picture of a camel with a load.  Camels were an important source of transportation in the Middle East.  The camel drivers had a command: “Galal!”  At this loud command the camels would kneel down and roll over on their sides so their master could unload or free the load.  What a picture for us.  We can kneel down in prayer and roll our cares at His feet.  Roll and repose.

The theme of Psalm 37 is, “Do not fret.”  God does not want us carrying anxiety and burdens in our hearts.  His desire is that we offload each and every one of them to Him.  As Peter said:

Casting the whole of your care (all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all) on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.  1 Peter 5:7 (AMPC)

C.H Spurgeon’s exposition of verse 5 is instructive:

Commit thy way unto the Lord.  Roll the whole burden of life upon the Lord.  Leave with Jehovah not thy present fretfulness merely, but all thy cares; in fact, submit the whole tenor of thy way to him.  Cast away anxiety, resign thy will, submit thy judgment, leave all with the God of all.

How many of us are carrying loads we need to give to God?