For the director of music. To the tune of “Lilies.” Of David.
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. My eyes fail, looking for my God. Those who hate me without reason outnumber the hairs of my head; many are my enemies without cause, those who seek to destroy me. I am forced to restore what I did not steal. You, God, know my folly; my guilt is not hidden from you.
Sometimes the trouble comes from the outside. A person delivers painful blows that knock us for a loop. A circumstance makes us feel like we are in deep waters and can’t touch the bottom. And…sometimes the wound is self-inflicted. We have no one to blame but ourselves.
Today’s psalm is a prayer for deliverance from a self-inflicted wound. David acknowledges that his recklessness and guilt are not hidden from God. He jumped in the deep end. The waters are up to his neck. He calls for help. His “eyes fail, looking for my God.”
You may relate to David when he writes, “I sink in the miry depths, where there is no foothold.” Don’t waste your time blaming others or circumstances. Own up to your sin. Like David, your guilt is not hidden from God. Confession is the first step toward forgiveness and rescue.
Father, too often I blame others for my sin. Help me own up to the mess I have made. You know the details. Forgive me and rescue me from the deep end. In Jesus’ name. Amen.