May 17

Prepare – Psalm 69:15-17

Do not let the floodwaters engulf me or the depths swallow me up or the pit close its mouth over me.

Answer me, Lord, out of the goodness of your love; in your great mercy turn to me.

Do not hide your face from your servant; answer me quickly, for I am in trouble.

Devotional

I have a very vivid memory from my childhood that I can still close my eyes and see. My feet were planted on the soft silt of the bottom of the lake and I was staring up through the water. I can see the dock and the light shining down through the water and the panic of thinking I was about to drown. I had fallen off the dock and did not have the life jacket on that would have saved me.

As my air was about to run out I desperately reached up hoping there would be a hand that would pull me out from the trouble I had found myself in. Just when I was about to give up hope the surface of the water broke and I was pulled to safety!

Many times throughout my life I’ve thought back on that moment when I’ve faced valleys that seemed unsurmountable. It is very easy for us to forget the many times God has delivered us from hopeless situations. Maybe today you find yourself staring up through the waters of depression and anxiety that have risen around you during this crisis. Maybe like David you have given up hope. Take a moment today and remember the moments you have cried out to God and he rescued you. Remember that moment where the surface of the water broke and He reached down and rescued you. Psalm 86:7 says, “When I am in distress, I call to you, because you answer me. Those words are still true today in our world of uncertainty. Have faith and trust that God is in control whether you are on the dock or at the bottom of the lake staring up. He is faithful in all things and hears His children when they cry out. May we seek him in our weakness. May we remember his faithfulness and may we rejoice that He is with us.

~ Pastor Nate Drege

Praise

Watch and listen to “Raise A Hallelujah” by Bethel Music and “It Is Well” by Kristene DiMarco.