Out of Deep Waters


Jackson Lake, in Grand Teton National Park, is a beauty of a lake. Surrounded by gorgeous granite peaks, it reaches depths of almost 440 feet. The deep blue sky and snow covered mountains are reflected in the pure blue water, and this breathtaking beauty is a reminder of what an awesome God we have.

“He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters.” 2 Samuel 22:17.

The twenty-second chapter of 2 Samuel is a song of praise that David sang to God as he looked back over the many times God had delivered him from his enemies and from Saul. There were many close calls, and only God could have rescued him time and time again.

As usual, David doesn’t hesitate to give credit where credit is due. His life was marked by praise to God. Mistakes? Yes. Bad judgment? Yes. Horrible sin? Yes. But David is known mostly for his readiness to adore and worship the Lord.

In this particular verse, he uses picturesque language, describing what it was like to be rescued by God. The water is overwhelming. He’s drowning as he confronts his enemies. He will surely perish. But just in time, God reaches down and pulls him to safety, far away from the danger. David just can’t help it. He’s going to sing about it.

As you look back over your life, can you see how God has picked you up and carried you far away from the threats? I know I can. What should our response be to such mercy and grace? Let’s follow the example of one who knew what it was like to be rescued. Let’s sing to the Lord with all our might!

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