1 Peter 5:6-7, CSB
Or has a god attempted to go and take a nation as his own out of another nation, by trials, signs, wonders, and war, by a strong hand and an outstretched arm, by great terrors, as the Lord your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes?
Deuteronomy 4:34, CSB
...with a strong hand and outstretched arm.
His faithful love endures forever.
Psalm 136:12, CSB
Bearer of burdens,
Wiper of tears--
The cumbersome, carking cares
Burdening the cross-country backpack of my life
Bend me over with overwhelming weight.
They bow my face to the dust
From which I came,
To which I shall return.
The griefs, the conflicts, the shames, the worries,
The pain, the weakness, the disease,
The disaster, the needs, the difficulties,
The despair and discouragement crying out in every all-caps headline:
They are too heavy to carry,
Too precious to discard.
You call me to cast my cares on You
Whose care I am.
To hurl, throw, sling--
Even that unburdening takes more
Than I have to give.
What I cannot cast, Lord,
Would You take?
As I lie prostrate in this wilderness dust
(Perhaps the best place to catch
The splashes of Your poured-out grace),
Would You come under the whelming weight of worry
With me, rolling the burden
Of my self and my cares onto Your shoulders?
Would You free me from all burdens
But Your cross?
May the only pressure on my shoulders
Be Your light and easy yoke
And Your mighty hand--
The hand that brought Israel out of bondage,
The hand that kept Your patriarchal promises,
The good hand upon Ezra for his favor and protection,
The upholding hand of power in Isaiah's prophecy,
The impenetrable Good Shepherd hand securing Your own?
Fix my heart's gaze on Your hovering glory in fire and cloud;
Anchor my soul in Your sure and certain promises.
Even when all my eyes can see is desert, dust, thorns, and thistles,
Keep my eyes fixed on the invisible but
Fast-approaching eternal glory
Soon to outweigh and overwhelm
The momentary afflictions overwhelming me today.
Keep my eyes on Jesus,
The Pioneer and Perfecter of faith,
Whom You crushed beneath the burden
Of my sins and sicknesses, iniquities and pain;
Who for the joy of justifying His people
Endured the cross
And now sits at Your mighty right hand.
Only in Him do I come to You, Lord.
Hear my prayer for His sake.
If I say, “My foot is slipping,”
your faithful love will support me, Lord.
When I am filled with cares,
your comfort brings me joy.
Psalm 94:18-19, CSB