Dave's Daily Devo - July 6

Water Kills      

Psalm 124

Two young children had to be pulled from Lake Waxahachie less than fifteen miles southeast of where Mary and I live. Then even before the 4th of July weekend got started our local Dallas news reported that six children died this week due to drowning in pools, lakes and rivers. Then they showed a picture of an alligator lurking in a Bayou near Beaumont, Texas, and reported that a twenty-eight-year-old man was attacked and killed by an alligator after jumping in near a marina.  Water kills and this is why, when David in Psalm 124 needed a metaphor to convey the intensity of the ruthless, arrogant enemies who were trying to take his life, he used water.

“If the LORD had not been for us, let Israel say, If the LORD had not been for us when men rose against us, then they would have swallowed us alive in the heat of their rage against us.  Then the waters would have flooded us—a torrent sweeping our life away, sweeping our life away in the raging waters.“  Psalm 124:1-5

LORD, I pray for the family of this young man killed, and for all those grieving the loss of their children here in our immediate area. May the promise that Your Son has conquered death and given us certainty of resurrection bring hope as grief seeks to drown us.  Give strength to all those seeking to teach hundreds of little ones about water safety and to swim. The close of this Psalm rescues me. You are my help, my ally.  This gives me confidence to face whatever monster might attack and try to sweep me under today.

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