A Season of Psalms - Psalm 69:14-15
“Deliver me from sinking in the mire; let me be delivered from my enemies and from the deep waters. Let not the flood sweep over me, or the deep swallow me up, or the pit close its mouth over me.”
English Standard Version (ESV)
Indiana Jones has seen it all. He fought the Nazis for the Ark of the Covenant, rescued a poor village from an oppressive religious cult, and discovered the Holy Grail. The latest movie installment pits him against the Nazis again, this time in the search for a telepathic alien crystal skull. He has the usual adventures on the way (shootouts, fistfights, etc.), including being trapped in quicksand, from which the only hope of rescue is to grab onto a long snake, the very animal of which he is terrified. He would rather sink deeper into the mire in hopes of finding the bottom than reach out for the snake. But he finally convinces himself to swallow his fear and grab hold of the unlikely lifeline, and is promptly pulled to safety. (Note: No snakes were harmed in the making of the movie).
David finds himself sinking into deep mire in Psalm 69. He is trapped with no way out. Although most likely not a literal entrapment in murky mire but rather in the hatred of those who “hate me without cause,” David finds himself up to his neck and about to go under. As he sinks, he pleads his case to the God who hears and will act. God is aware of his affliction and pain. He sees the distress and reproach that David faces. He is full of compassion and mercy and is mighty to save. This is the God in whom David trusts. In the midst of his predicament, David will “praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving. This will please the Lord…” Verse 33: “For the Lord hears the needy and does not despise his own people who are prisoners.”
We were once caught in the quicksand of our own sin, up to our necks with no hope of rescue. But thanks be to God, He rescued us, He gave us the VICTORY, through His Son Jesus Christ! No longer are we trapped in the mire, but in Him our feet now rest firmly on the rock. Let us “praise the name of God with a song” and “magnify him with thanksgiving.” He is worthy of worship and praise!
Further Reading: Romans 6:1-14; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17
Let’s pray today:
Lord Jesus, today we glorify the King of Kings. We glorify the Lamb, we glorify the Lord of Lords, Who is the great I Am. In Your name we offer this prayer, Amen.