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I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me. . . Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink: let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters.”
(Psalm 69:2, 14)

David’s life was, in large part, typified by opposition, threats, and danger. Today’s verse passage expresses a thought common to his psalms, that is, his dependence upon God as his only help when his life was threatened by hostile enemy forces. Here he typifies them as “floods” and “deep waters.” This symbolism of advancing enemies as torrents of water is seen throughout the Bible (Psalm 18:4; 124:2-5; Isaiah 8:6-8; Jeremiah 47:2; Daniel 9:26; Amos 8:8). In today’s verses, David speaks as though he were stuck in deep mud, without footing and unable to make any movement, forward or backward. Completely immobilized, his life was, as it were, threatened by a torrent of advancing floodwaters. Nothing typifies the human condition, particularly in the western world, better than this. The powers that be, satanically energized to be sure, have used every cultural megaphone at their disposal to remove the Christian philosophical foundation upon which our civilization once stood. The western world is now without a solid, ultimate point of reference when it comes to knowledge and ethics. Without such a foundation, men are unable to know what is objectively true or right. They cannot know for sure if they have (or even can) acquire true knowledge or make moral progress. They are, as David felt he was, unable to make any sure movement in any direction. Men in this age are left vulnerable to the enemy’s enticements to exchange foundational truth for a lie (Romans 1:25). Consequently, men find themselves “carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness” (Ephesians 4:14). This is a disaster waiting to happen. Without God’s sure word, men will follow the dictates of their own evil hearts (Jeremiah 17:9) and encourage others to do likewise (Psalm 50:18; Romans 1:32). “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man,” says the proverb, “but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Proverbs 14:12). In terms of finding a solid foundation for knowledge and ethics, the help of man is utterly useless (Psalms 60:11). Another psalmist asked the all important question we are contemplating, namely, where can we find real help in these matters? The inspired answer is now in print for all to see and rejoice in: “My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber” (Psalm 121:1-3). Our “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1), and His foundation “standeth sure” (2 Timothy 2:9). Our God provides us with the foundation needful to stand against the enemy of our souls (Ephesians 6:10-17). By God’s grace and through His abiding presence and power, we will some day crush Satan under our feet in decisive victory (Romans 16:20). Hallelujah!

God bless,

pastor john