Summary: We all have circumstances in our lives when we feel that there is no way out. King David experienced similar feelings.
Have you ever come close to drowning (or at least THOUGHT you were drowning)? I can remember as a young boy, swimming in a big tire tube as it rolled over and pushed my face into the water so that I could not raise my head. I could not move forward or backward and was caught with my face under water. There was a dreadful feeling that I was not going to be able to break free.
King David had a similar happening but Psalm 69; Listen to David’s Dangerous Dilemma:
Ps. 69:1 Save me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck. 2 I sink in the miry depths, where there is no foothold. I have come into the deep waters; the floods engulf me. 3 I am worn out calling for help; my throat is parched. My eyes fail, looking for my God. 4 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. 5 You know my folly, O God; my guilt is not hidden from you.
In some cultures, when people were suspected of a crime, a vigilante group might grab the person, tie him up, and throw him in a river. The river would overcome the suspect one way or another and sweep him away: No trial, no imprisonment, a swift river would mean a swift solution to a problem.
Now David found himself in this type of situation: He was not bound and thrown into a raging river, but the emotional and spiritual accusations and turmoil had pushed him to a point that he FELT he was drowning.
Whether you are drowning physically, emotionally, or spiritually, what are you thinking and feeling? You are desperate, you feel like the end is very near, you want a way out, you want a way to safety, you want the threats to leave, you want help, you NEED help!
David’s dilemma was not of his own doing, and most of the time, our dilemmas are not because we are guilty of wrong doing either, even though we are all sinners. Verse 4 and 5 spell that out: “Many are my enemies without cause, those who seek to destroy me… You know my folly, O God; my guilt is not hidden from you.”
David felt like his life was out of control and we can feel the same way sometime. The nasty rivers of life, the mire and muck that may bog us down in our everyday occurrences, the deep waters and floods (the extremes of life) that come close to overtaking us are often a result of circumstances beyond our control. We have to realize that there is only so much that we can control in life. We can’t control other people (and shouldn’t try because we are only responsible for ourselves), and we can’t control circumstances as hard as we might try.
Remember: God is in control but there is also a war going on, and if you don’t realize that there are other forces at work against God’s Sovereign plan, you misinterpret at least half of what is going on I the world and in your own life. You will keep on questioning God when things do not go as you anticipate they should.