I am not a great swimmer. I can tread water and I feel comfortable in a pool. But anywhere past wading in the ocean, and I am looking for a way to get back on solid ground. The ocean feels too strong for me, and I don’t want to take it on. Do your circumstances or emotions ever feel like that to you? Find encouragement in Psalm 18.
In Psalm 18:16-19 ESV, David wrote, “He sent from on high, he took me; he drew me out of many waters. He rescued me from my strong enemy and from those who hated me, for they were too mighty for me. They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the Lord was my support. He brought me out into a broad place; he rescued me, because he delighted in me.”
It seems like a pretty good description of anxiety, worry, and care, doesn’t it? Anxiety can feel like many waters (or “deep waters” in the New International Version) that threaten to drown you. Fear can feel like you are being overpowered by a strong enemy. A day where it is hard to locate hope is like a day of calamity. “But the Lord was my support.” He rescues us! I love that the psalmist David describes it as being “brought out into a broad place”, as fear, anxiety, and depression can put you in a very small place, where you are afraid to move, afraid to reach out, afraid to act in faith. But the Lord rescues you, because He delights in you! What a good God we have.
Pray that the Lord would bring you out into the broad place. Call upon the Lord for His help. He will hear you, and rescue you. It may not be how you think He will – all the bad stuff in your life might not magically disappear – but He will give you the strength to handle it the way that He wants you to. Stay strong in Him.