3: Drowning, not Waving

3 Drowning Jusben MF

“I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, 

and have been saved from my enemies.

The waves of death swirled about me; 

the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me. 

The cords of the grave coiled around me; 

the snares of death confronted me.”

 2 Samuel 22:4-6


Here is King David praising God after the fact, which is of course, when we are most eloquent. In the Psalms we see that he is capable of praising God in the midst of the seeming chaos too, and that is harder. But people who really know God look at things with an eternal perspective that allows them to have faith in a constancy that exists both within and beyond their own circumstances.

For it is not that God is “out there” somewhere, waiting to run to a phone box and change into his superhero costume so he can come and rescue us, but that he is with is as we are being overpowered, constricted and confronted. Remembering that and trusting in his goodness as we face the unknown is faith indeed. It doesn’t mean that we don’t experience fear, as we can grasp from David’s description here, and it doesn’t mean we don’t feel powerless (even if we are a king), buffeted or overwhelmed. It can all seem way too much. It means that we know that even within all that, we are not alone, and that God’s help is worth calling for.


©Keren Dibbens-Wyatt

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