Verse 1 – Save, O God! For the waters have come up to my neck.
Verse 2 – I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing; I have come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me.
Verse 3 – I am weary with my crying; my throat is dry; my eyes fail while I wait for God.
This psalm is the most quoted in the New Testament, but I want to apply these first three verses to maybe yours and my life.
Have any of you ever felt like life was just swallowing you up? That while you wait on the miracle, you are drowning, while things get worse instead of better?
I certainly don’t have all the answers, but God knows what He’s doing. Other people can’t fix our problems the way God can. When someone tells you to just be patient and wait, do you feel like, “They just don’t understand how desperate you are?”
I do know , however, the storm is always the roughest before it ends. I also know we sometimes can’t see clearly when rain is beating down on us. I’ve went through an intensifying, pounding, beating storm for the past eight years. I still wake up every day believing the situation is going to change. That’s hope in God! Hope in knowing I’ve done all I can do and I grow weary praying about the same thing to be turned around for my good.
The miraculous thing is, everyday I am encouraged that today could be my “suddenly!” Suddenly, God would show favor on my situation and the season I have been in is over. Never give up hope because our God is faithful!
Verse 4 – Those who hate me without cause are more than the hairs of my head; they are mighty who would destroy me, being my enemies wrongfully; though I have stolen nothing I still must restore it.
Jesus said, “They hated Me without cause,” in John 15:25.
Verse 5 – O God, You know my foolishness; and my sins are not hidden from You.
Verse 6 – Let not those who wait for You, O Lord God of hosts, be ashamed because of me; let not those who seek You be confounded (confused) because of me, O God of Israel.
David didn’t want the people to judge God by his life. Too many think that God’s character is like mans. He didn’t want anyone who waited on God to be confused about who God truly was.
Verse 7 – Because for Your sake I have borne reproach; shame has covered my face.
Verse 8 – I have become a stranger to my brothers, an alien to my mothers children;
Verse 9 – Because zeal for Your house has eaten me up, and the reproaches of those who reproach You have fallen on me.
The point that David is making, is that others might lose their faith in God if there is no relief when others see him suffer. The truth is; when others see God rescue us, it strengthens their faith that He’ll do the same for them.
I believe, too many times, people will not speak out loud what they are believing for because they don’t know if it will come to pass or not. Faith has to be spoken in order to call those things that are not. God is faithful to His Word and it never returns to Him void.
Verse 10 – When I wept and chastened my soul with fasting, that became my reproach.
Verse 11 – I also made sackcloth my garment; I became a byword to them (symbol of grief).
Verse 12 – Those who sit in the gate speak against me, and I am the song of the drunkards.
Criticism is either justified or unjustified. Some criticism is just plain envy.
When you are criticized for following Christ as David was for following Yahweh, remember, they also criticized and mocked Christ. People who are not living for Christ always criticize the righteous. It’s not you personally they reject, its Christ in you that makes them uncomfortable. We can’t ever water down the truth of God because someone may feel offended.
1 Corinthians 1:18 – For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
Verse 13 – But as for me, my prayer is to You, O Lord in the acceptable time; O God, in the multitude of Your mercy, hear me in the truth of Your salvation.
Verse 14 – Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink; let me be delivered from those who hate me, and out of the deep waters.
Verse 15 – Let not the flood water overflow me, nor let the deep swallow me up; and let not the pit shut its mouth on me.
God is our most faithful friend, so when hopelessness surrounds us, pray. He is in the rescue business.
Verse 16 – Hear me, O lord, for Your loving-kindness is good; turn to me according to the multitude of Your tender mercies.
Verse 17 – And do not hide Your face from Your servant, for I am in trouble; hear me speedily.
Verse 18 – Draw near to my soul, and redeem it; deliver me because of my enemies.
There’s nothing wrong with asking God to answer us quickly. I know God is never late, but because everything in this world is on a time limit, we do feel desperate sometimes. I’ve prayed many times, “Lord, if something doesn’t happen today, I’m sunk!” I was either delivered or sustained. Speak forth His Word.
Verse 19 – You know my reproach, my shame, and my dishonor; my adversaries are all before You.
Verse 20 – Reproach has broken my heart, and I am full of heaviness; I looked for someone to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none.
Verse 21 – They also gave me gall for my food, and for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drunk.
Gall and vinegar were used figuratively, but also prophetically about the suffering of Christ in John 19:28, 29.
Verse 22 – Let their table become a snare before them, and their well-being a trap.
Verse 23 – Let their eyes be darkened, so that they do not see; and make their loins shake continually.
Verse 24 – Pour out Your indignation upon them, and let Your wrathful anger take hold of them.
Verse 25 – Let their habitation be desolate; let no one dwell in their tents.
Verse 26 – For they persecute him who You have struck, and talk of the grief of those You have wounded.
Verse 27 – Add iniquity to their iniquity, and let them not come into Your righteousness.
Verse 28 – Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteousness.
We might say, “David, tell us how you really feel!” David wanted those who had persecuted him for following God, to be wiped out! However, in Luke 23:34, Jesus said this, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”
Verse 29 – But I am poor and sorrowful; let Your salvation, O God, set me up on high.
Verse 30 – I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify Him with thanksgiving.
Verse 31 – This also shall please the Lord better than an ox or bull, which has horns and hooves.
Verse 32 – The humble shall see this and be glad; and you who seek God, your hearts shall live.
Verse 33 – For the Lord hears the poor, and does not despise His prisoners.
Verse 34 – Let heaven and earth praise Him, the seas and everything that moves in them.
Verse 35 – For God will save Zion and build the cities of Judah, that they may dwell there and possess it
Verse 36 – Also, the descendants of His servants shall inherit it, and those who love His name shall dwell in it.
Zion is God’s beloved Jerusalem and one day all the saints will dwell there in total and complete peace.