5 Feet of Floodwaters

I spent every waking moment in the summer at the pool the four years my family lived in Wakonda. I couldn't get enough of it. And as a 7-year old in my second summer living there, I had learned a valuable trick. If I ever found myself accidentally coming to the surface in an area of the pool where I could not touch the bottom (i.e. 5 feet) I would just "hop" until I got myself to the side or back to a place where I could touch. This plan worked great as I would push myself to the surface, take a gulp of air, go back down, and "hop" again.

Then one night at evening swim, it happened. I found myself in the 5-foot area and began my bounding routine. No panic. Just follow the plan. Unfortunately, the lifeguard was not privy to my logical way of thinking through my scenario. When he saw this kid "drowning" he immediately jumped from his post, grabbed me around my shoulders, and pulled me from the pool. I would have handled it better if it was the other lifeguard. If SHE would have saved me it would have been my dream come true! But, no, it was "Worm." The guy lifeguard on duty. I sat on the side of the pool sure every other kid was pointing and laughing, and Worm was asking if I was okay and telling me I should sit out for 5 minutes and rest and that I should try to stay out of the "deep end" of the pool until I was a better swimmer. Sigh...

This is not the scenario David was writing about in Psalm 69.

"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."

--Psalm 69:1-3

David here IS looking for rescue from drowning in the depths. Unlike a savvy 7-year old, David does not have a plan to save himself, and there is no bottom to push himself up from to get to the surface and take a gulp of air. He is drowning and in desperate need of rescue. He is crying out to his "lifeguard" to save him.

David has found himself in a place where he is accused of something that is not true and is crying out to God for justice. "You know my folly, O God; my guilt is not hidden from you." (Psalm 69:5) As David is saying this, he is saying, "I am drowning, but it is not my doing. Rescue me from those who bring falsehood against me."

There are many who cry out for justice today. There are many who feel they are drowning in the injustices of society. If that is you, first of all examine yourself. Are you truly without guilt? Ask God to examine your heart to see if these deep waters are of your own creation. If you are truly drowning in the depths of injustice, then cry out to your "lifeguard." God is the only one who can truly bring justice and pull you from the "miry depths." Then rejoice that you have a rescuer like Him.

"I will praise God's name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving." (Psalm 69:30)


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