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Today’s Scripture readings: Psalm 69, Jeremiah 22:13-23, Romans 8:12-27, John 6:41-51

Today’s writer: Hank Bahr 

“Save me, O God! For the waters have come up to my neck, I sink in deep mire,
where there is no standing,”…Psalm 69:1-2

I read somewhere that if you should find yourself in quick sand (i.e. sinking in
deep mire, where there is no standing) all you have to do to escape is float and
gently “swim” yourself to a hard edge. That’s great, unless you are like me, and
have the “float” capacity of a lead anchor.

The book of Psalms is my favorite book in the Bible. Most of it is written by David,
a man deeply flawed but with a heart for God. I can relate to him. In psalm 69,
David has reached the end of his rope. He has tried everything to save himself, yet
disaster is all around him. His enemies are everywhere. He is an embarrassment
to those who follow him, a joke to those he would protect, and yesterday’s news
to his allies. So he cries out in desperation and fear to God for help. David’s faith
(his heart) differentiates him from all those around him. He KNOWS that God
WILL help. “For God will save Zion and build the cities of Judah, that they will
dwell there and possess it”

When all seems lost, let the waters of God enfold you and buoy you to safety. It is
hard to “let go and let God”, but that is what we are called to do. When the panic
of your situation grabs you, and you begin to sink into despair, reach out and hold
God’s hand. “For lo I am with you always, even to the end of days” Mathew 28:20