BIBLE READING: Psalms 69. 1-36
Do you know the feeling of anxiety when you’re overwhelmed with projects, problems, and other issues? You feel as though you are doing everything you can do to keep your head above water. Whether you believe it or not, you are not the only one to ever feel this way. David describes that exact feeling when he cries out, “Save me, O God! For the water have come up to my neck. I sink in deep mire, where there is not foothold; I have come into deep waters, and the flood sweeps over me” (Psalms 69. 1-2). I have often wondered, what was the problem to which David was referring. Was it his hiding from Saul, who sought to kill him? Was it the guilt of his relationship with Bathsheba? Could it have been the disappointment and mourning over the sins of his son Absalom? In reality, it doesn’t matter why David felt this way. The real reason for the writing of this psalm could have been for us to find comfort in knowing that we are not alone in our troubling circumstances. With no relief or possible way out, David turned to the only One who could save him: God! In his simple words like “save me,” “deliver me,” and “answer me,” David cried out for salvation from an ever-deepening pit. When there are so many places to look for help, there is only one true Savior. In this song, David shows that actions such as prayer, praise, and pleasing God are ways to be delivered from our troubles. When we cry out to Him earnestly in our prayers (69.1), praise Him with our lips (69.30), and please Him with our lives (69.31), God will raise us up out of our mire and place us back on solid ground. Why don’t you start your climb today?