“Save me, O God! For the waters have come up to my neck. I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing; I have come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me. I am weary with crying; my throat is dry; my eyes fail while I wait for my God.” Psalm 69:1-3 KNJV
A dear friend of mine was vacationing in Hawaii and spontaneously decided it would be a good idea to jump off a pier into the open ocean. His thinking was that he would be able to swim to the beach, just beyond the bay. He quickly found out that the distance was much farther then he had judged, and his body began to quit on him. It was the first time in his life that he thought, “I am going to die!” He did the only two things he could- which were to swim to the nearest pylon of the pier and scream out for help. The wake was over his head and the waters deep. His prayers were soon answered as a surf instructor had been notified. He hitched a ride on the instructor’s long board back to the beach- the beach he thought he could swim to on his own. A valuable lesson was learned that day.
Have you ever felt like you were in a situation where you were in over your head? King David did. His problems were as real as ours. Maybe you’re not in the open ocean of the pacific blue, or being chased through the dessert by a king. But maybe, perhaps, there is a situation in your marriage, or work, or even finances that have you sinking deep into depression, or thoughts of suicide. My friend, use King David’s example and cry out to God for help! The situation you find yourself in may be deep, but it’s never deeper than God’s love and care for you. You may say, “but I have been crying out, and I hear nothing like David said, ‘my eyes fail while I wait for my God.” Well, I would encourage you that even though your eyes may fail and your throat may dry, your God will never fail. David understood that. That is why in verse 30 he says, “I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify Him with thanksgiving.” So cry out to Him, worship Him out loud, and then…wait.
Pastor Frank Mayorga