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 my crying; my throat is dry; my eyes fail while I wait for my God. Psalm 69:1-3
In this Psalm we read King David’s cry for God to save him. He gives us the image of him standing in deep waters with his feet sinking deeper and deeper into the mud at the bottom of flooding waters. He used this description to illustrate how he was feeling in his mind, not that he was ‘over his head’ in actual floodwaters.
King David cried out to God until he was physically exhausted, with a parched throat and eyes swollen from weeping. In spite of his circumstances, he still trusted God to save him. When our lives are devastated by the death of a family member or friend, we need to stand unyielding faith in God and not collapse in despair. When tragedy comes knocking at our door, we need to press into God. Whatever the situation in life, we can turn to God and cry out for his salvation and help. The tears will still come, but our cry will not be in vain.
For those who are experiencing the loss of a family member or friend, perhaps some other tragedy, please know that God is still on His throne and is aware of your situation. Keep on praying, He is faithful and will answer your prayers.
In the darkest hour of the night, the light of His presence will still come to shine into your heart and He will make His presence known to you by giving you peace and hope. There is no greater comfort than to know that He is the Peace Giver and the Way Maker. He will carry us through the storms of life and through the deep troubled waters of life.
I am so thankful we are sheltered under His wings. He hides us and protects us as a mother hen gently covers her chicks and rests them under her wings.
Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me! For my soul trusts in You; and in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge, until these calamities have passed by. Psalm 57:1