"Save me, O GOD, for the waters have come up to my neck."
There has always been a time in each of our lives, where we feel as if we are drowning. This is the time where that cross is a bit too much to bear and we call out, "Lord, I feel like I'm drowning down here! Please take this cup away from me."
David wrote this psalm when he was feeling overwhelmed by his personal issues. He uses the metaphor of "waters" to refer to his dire situation. His expression "the waters have come up to my neck" reminds us how we feel when we are in the same predicament. We feel consumed, overburden and ready to chuck it all for what it's worth.
David uses a few other choice expressions to further voice his complaint "I sink to my depths," "The flood waters engulf me," I am worn out calling for help," People make sport of me, " I am scorned, disgraced, and shamed," and "I am in pain and distress." We are not given the exact turmoil of David, but we know that there have been days we can definitely relate.
Given David's heartfelt cries, it is amazing the psalm has an upbeat ending. He cries out that God would "save" him. Later in the Psalm, we see David's great confidence that God is going to answer that prayer for help. We also see how the Psalm has a connection to Jesus.
This psalm reminds us that Jesus understands when we feel overwhelmed. When we do, he expects us to bring him our woes. Don't try to muster up and take in what is before you. When the pain hurts, cry out, ask God for help. Ask him to ease your burden so that you may continue with the needs of the day.
Lord Jesus, you understand when I feel the pressures
You know when I am surging under the waters
"Save me, O GOD, when I need you." Amen