Words from the Heart for Saturday January 28th, 2017
He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters.
Psalm 18:16 (NIV)
Out of Deep Waters
What a wonderful picture of our salvation! We really needed a Saviour. The Lord so graciously did not leave us to be lost eternally. Not only has the Lord done this for us, but He can do it for those we pray for. His eye is upon our loved ones. His hand is ready to reach to them in their need and save them.
Most Canadians are aware that Lake Superior is the largest Lake in North America and the second largest body of fresh water in the world. It is so immense that many assume it is also the deepest lake in Canada. But this isn’t the case. That honour belongs to Great Slave Lake in Canada’s Northwest Territories. Great Slave Lake is the second-largest lake in the Northwest Territories of Canada, after Great Bear Lake, and at 614 metres, or 2,014 feet, it is the deepest lake in North America. Great Slave Lake was put on European maps during the emergence of the fur trade towards the northwest from Hudson Bay in the mid-18th century. The name ‘Great Slave’ came from the Slavey Indians, one of the Athapaskan tribes living on its southern shores at that time.
We think of the people of Israel as living in a dry land, and much of Israel is rocky desert. But it was, and is, the land of the Sea of Galilee and the Mediterranean Sea, which the Bible calls the Great Sea. Even in David’s day there was a great marine trade taking place among the nations that lined that immense body of water. Some centuries later the early apostles would use the vessels that plied those waters to take the Gospel to the known world. So they understood the dangers of storms and how easily the deep waters could take a human life. David uses this analogy in speaking of God’s saving power. In Psalm 18:16 David writes “He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters.” We don’t know what the “deep waters” are that were causing David to feel like he was drowning. But he testifies that the Lord reached down from on high, and lifted him out of the deep waters. God cared for David and he knew how much that was the case by God’s saving power from the challenges of life. Jesus would teach His followers the same lesson as they struggled in the storms. What storms are you facing today? Trust God to reach down and lift you out of those deep waters.
These have been words from the heart.