“God, save me! I’m in over my head,
Quicksand under me, swamp water over me;
I’m going down for the third time.
I’m hoarse from calling for help,
Bleary-eyed from searching the sky for God.
I’ve got more enemies than hairs on my head;
Sneaks and liars are out to knife me in the back.”
At one point or another we’ve all felt like that.
Everything is closing in on us, everything is falling apart. And so, we cry out to God - until we’re hoarse. But nothing happens. And we wait. And we cry out some more.
Eventually - like King David (that’s who wrote this),
we feel tapped out, spent, done.
“I am weary with my crying out; my throat is parched. My eyes grow dim with waiting for my God.”
That’s when I find that it’s good to remember why I’m calling out to God.
David puts it this way:
“as for me, my prayer is to you, O Lord. At an acceptable time, O God, in the abundance of your steadfast love answer me in your saving faithfulness.”
I pray to God - because God is abundantly and steadfastly loving. I pray to God because he will never run out of or hold back on - His love for me. God loves me - and He will never withhold His love from me.
I pray to God - because God is faithful to save me. I may not understand what He’s doing or why - but He has proven His love for me, He has shown that He’s committed to saving me, I can trust Him.
Then, after I remind myself of God’s faithful love for me - after I choose to leave my situation in His hands, then, I bring my heart into line with my brain - through worship.
Again, listen to David:
“I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving.”
Next time you feel like you’re in over your head,
the next time you feel like you’re going under…
Try turning to Psalm 69.
Let David lead you along a path that he walked with the Lord many different times. Be reminded that God’s love is abundant and unfailing - He won’t fail you.
No matter how desperate things seem and no matter how desperate we feel.
He loves us. He hears us. And He will answer.