God, answer in love!
Answer with your sure salvation!
14 Rescue me from the swamp,
Don’t let me go under for good,
Pull me out of the clutch of the enemy;
This whirlpool is sucking me down.
15 Don’t let the swamp be my grave, the Black Hole
Swallow me, its jaws clenched around me.
16 Now answer me, God, because you love me;
Let me see your great mercy full-face.
17 Don’t look the other way; your servant can’t take it.
I’m in trouble. Answer right now!
18 Come close, God; get me out of here.
Rescue me from this deathtrap. (Psalm 69:13-18)
Two years ago marked a season where I cried for rescue.
How much more Lord?
Truthfully, there were days when I feared going to sleep because I wondered what new crisis would emerge upon awakening.
Another death of a loved one?
More confusion regarding my son’s health condition?
My husband’s job in jeopardy again?
I resonated with the writer’s feelings of vulnerability here. “Don’t let me go down for good.”
When our energy dissipates and our earthly expectations wane, discouragement sets in. We feel as if we are being sucked down. Keeping your head above water involves crying out to God from the desperate place in our gut.
Help me! I can’t do this anymore!
You can’t. But God can.
God longs to deliver us despite what’s whirling around us. God longs to deliver us from the spiral of discouragement, fatigue, bitterness, despair.
Make this Psalm your prayer. Let David’s words become your words. His God is your God.
Your life preserver is on its way. Look for it.