Peter Marshall, speaking before the U.S. Senate said it ever so well in a prayer many years ago.
“Lord Jesus, thou who art the way, the truth, and the life; hear us as we pray for the truth that shall
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“Help” sums up David’s prayer. (vv. 13-18). He petitioned the Lord to save him from imminent death. Again he used the image of miry waters that would drown him (v. 14). The waters have only become deeper and the mire more dreadful. Now death itself is on the horizon.
The pendulum of complaint and prayer swings to supplication (v. 13). Generalities introduce the petitions and then turn specifically to a plea for deliverance (vv. 14). On the level of the devout and patient sufferer, such choice words as “loving kindness, tender mercies, redeem, and ransom” occur (vv. 16-18). In an appeal to the Father’s love, kindness, and mercy, David cries out to God to make His presence known. In the Garden of Gethsemane the son of David did the same. The Lord Jesus Christ’s cry was not for deliverance from the cross but that He might endure the cross in order that we can be saved through His shed blood.
When we are completely beaten down we are tempted to turn from God, give up, and quit trusting in Him. When your situation seems hopeless, determine that no matter how bad things become you will continue to pray. God will hear your prayer and He will rescue you. In reading these verses we cannot help but remember the occasion of Jonah being swallowed. As Jonah came forth from the belly of the fish after three days, so too our Lord came forth from the grave that could not hold him.
When I feel up to my neck in hot water which of the following should I do?
_____ Keep it to myself
_____ Cry on someone’s shoulder
_____ Tell everybody in sight
_____ Take it to the Lord in prayer
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Psalms 66:1-7The Nation Praised God
Psalms 66:8-15Tested But Brought to a Place of Blessing
Psalms 66:16-20The Leader Declared Praise to God
Psalms 67:1-7The People were Encouraged to Praise God
Psalms 68:1-10Fear And Praise Over God’s Triumph
Psalms 68:11-14From The Wilderness to Zion
Psalms 68:15-23Choosing Zion For His Dwelling Place
Psalms 68:24-35Calling The Nation to Praise
Psalms 69:1-12Suffering For The Lord’s Sake
Psalms 69:13-21Rescued From Misery And Trouble
Psalms 69:22-36Enemies to be Blotted Out of The Book of Life
Psalms 70:1-5Prayer For Relief From Adversaries
Psalms 71:1-13Prayer For God’s Protection
Psalms 71:14-24Continuation of a Life of Praise
Psalms 72:1-11Prayer For Righteous Judgement
Psalms 72:12-20God Helps Those Who Help Others