“He sent from above, He took me; He drew me out of many waters” Psalm 18:16, NKJV.
I remember, as a child, we took a family trip to Panama City Beach in Florida. I couldn’t swim then, but my father was far off on a boat, and I wanted to go where he was. So I tried to swim out to him, but the deeper the water became, the more I realized I couldn’t handle it. I began going underwater. I stretched my hand up one last time, and then I blacked out. I was drowning. Even with so many people on the beach, somehow, my older cousin saw my hand go up for the last time and saved me.
You may not have experienced this physically, but you feel like you are drowning. The waters of everything that is happening in the world, the sum of it all at once, is getting very deep, and you feel like you can’t swim through it. You feel like you can’t breathe. You may even feel like you don’t want to live.
While there are many waters around you, the Lord says He is the air you breathe. He is your strength in turmoil. He is your rock and refuge when things get so tough to bear. He not only rescued your soul, but He rescues your life, and He will be good. He’s standing there right now, and He sees your hand reaching for Him. Your reaching for Him is not in vain. There may be many waters, but the Lord will draw you out of them.
Prayer: Father, sometimes it feels hard right now. I’m just being real. I reach my hands above the waters to You. Minister to me deeply. You are my Refuge and my Strength. You are the air that I breathe. I will not drown, but I will live and overcome by my faith in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Study: Psalm 18:1-19, John 16:33, 1 John 5:4