Psalm 69 has David crying out in sorrow to God. “Save me, O God! For the waters have come up to my neck”. David had many times in his life where this prayer was needed. He felt he was about to drown. Life can get overwhelming. For many of us, it isn’t fighting the enemies like David had to face, but just day to day realities that are bigger than we feel able to handle. David shows us what to do when we’re overwhelmed. We need to cry to God. “I am weary with my crying out; my throat is parched”. Not once, not twice, but continually!
David has a very open and personal relationship with God. He knows God knows all things. “O God, you know my folly; the wrongs I have done are not hidden from you”. Sometimes we commit sin and think we have somehow gotten away with it. David shows us that confessing is the first step in getting right with God. He knows already, but the act of confession is our acknowledgement that we know God knows and we are sorry for what we have done. It is the beginning step toward forgiveness. We have to be willing to admit where we fall short.
David teaches us the power of persistent prayer. “But as for me, my prayer is to you, O Lord. At an acceptable time, O God, in the abundance of your steadfast love answer me in your saving faithfulness. Deliver me from sinking in the mire; let me be delivered from my enemies and from the deep waters”. He recognizes that the timing is God’s not his. While his prayers are immediate and his needs great, David knows that God alone determines how and when He will respond. His job is to keep asking and seeking the Father.
David has overwhelming numbers of people that want his demise. He goes to God for protection and relief. And he reminds us of the promise of God’s power in our life. “You who seek God, let your hearts revive. For the Lord hears the needy and does not despise his own people who are prisoners”. The truth of the matter is that God is faithful. He never leaves nor forsakes us. He will hear our prayers and care for our needs. He hears us. He is our source of power and protection and is worthy of our praise!