God, Are You Listening to My Prayers? | Psalm 69:1-3
Psalm 69:1-3 Save me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck. I sink in the miry depths, where there is no foothold. I have come into the deep waters; the floods engulf me. I am worn out calling for help; my throat is parched. My eyes fail, looking for my God.
In our passage today, David, the man after God’s own heart, feels as if he is caught in deep waters. His feet are trying to locate a rock—a foothold—somewhere on the bottom of the stream. But he searches in vain as he sinks “in the miry depths.” The waters have reached his neck. He is physically exhausted from the struggle. His cries for help have left his throat parched and no one is responding. And where is God? David’s eyes search the shore line, but He is nowhere to be found…or so it seems.
How about you? Ever feel like you were going under? Engulfed by grief of loss? Covered over by the pain of a broken relationship? Sinking under financial pressure and job uncertainty? Overwhelmed by illness? Swallowed up by fear? Overcome by the death of a dream? Your search for a foothold is in vain. Your cries for help go unanswered. Shaken worlds are exhausting, aren’t they? And you can’t find God on the shore.
By the way you will never find God on the shore. He is right there with you in the “deep waters” of your shaken world. He will never leave you. He will never forsake you. He will not always pull you out of the waters immediately. In fact, He might have you there so you can learn to swim. Later in this same Psalm David says, “I am in pain and distress; may your salvation, O God, protect me. I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving. The poor will see and be glad-- you who seek God, may your hearts live! The LORD hears the needy and does not despise his captive people” (Psalm 69:29-33).
Father, allow those in pain and distress to know Your protection and salvation. Put a song of praise and thanksgiving in their heart. Let those in the midst of shaken worlds hear from You. Provide the strength and comfort needed. Guild their feet to a solid foothold.