1 Kings 12:3b-4, 6a, 7-8, 10-11
“…the whole assembly of Israel went to Rehoboam and said to him: ‘Your father put a heavy yoke on us, but now lighten the harsh labor and the heavy yoke…and we will serve you.”…Then King Rehoboam consulted the elders who had served his father Solomon….They replied, ‘If today you will be a servant to these people and serve them…they will be your servants.’ But Rehoboam rejected the advice the elders gave him and consulted the young men who had grown up with him…[They] replied, ‘Tell these people…‘My little finger is thicker than my father’s waist. My father laid on you a heavy yoke; I will make it even heavier. My father scourged you with whips; I will scourge you with scorpions.’’”
“‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.’”
“Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.”
Humble King, you rule by serving us with undeserved compassion.
We burden you with our insincerity and our ceaseless complaints. In return you reach down to lift the heavy loads we bear.
Call us into your kingdom to save us from the weary toil of self-sovereignty. Place your gentle yoke upon our bruised shoulders and take from us the weight of wilfulness.
We lay our prayers at the throne of the One who bore our scourging sin to ease our crushing burdens.
Listen to ‘Why So Heavy?’ by Red Mountain Music