Words from the Heart for Wednesday June 28th, 2017
Save me, O God, for the floodwaters are up to my neck. Deeper and deeper I sink into the mire; I can’t find a foothold. I am in deep water, and the floods overwhelm me.
Psalm 69:1-2 (NLT)
Save Me, O God
This is a desperate cry. This is a very strong picture in the words of someone who can’t find any answers. He is sinking and there is no way out. However, he has directed his cry to his God. He has confidence that God can rescue him. You can have that confidence, too. He will not leave you alone in your need.
As we approach Canada’s 150th birthday on July 1, we continue our biographies of Canada’s Fathers of Confederation. William Alexander Henry is perhaps one of the most important Fathers of Confederation and it is unfortunate that most Canadians don’t recognize his name. Born in Nova Scotia, Henry was a strong proponent of the benefits that would result from a British North American union, such as free trade and a national railway. An attendee of all three of the Confederation Conferences, Henry was a key author of the wording of the British North America Act that was the basis of Confederation. Tradition has it that Henry was the drafter of that Act. In 1875, he was one of the first appointees to the newly created Supreme Court of Canada. Henry died in Ottawa in 1888.
We watch news coverage of floods and their victims with great concern. Whether the floods are close to home or halfway around the world, our hearts break for those who have lost loved ones and material goods to the floods. It’s no wonder we describe challenging times as an overwhelming flood. This is not a new expression. While Israel is a dry nation, when it rains in Jerusalem all the water flows into the Kidron Valley between Jerusalem and the Mount of Olives and flows like a wall down towards the Dead Sea. It destroys everything in its path. David uses the analogy of a flood in explaining his predicament in Psalm 69:1-2: “Save me, O God, for the floodwaters are up to my neck. Deeper and deeper I sink into the mire; I can’t find a foothold. I am in deep water, and the floods overwhelm me.” We have all had times like this in our lives. We reach the end of our ability to cope and wonder how we can possibly carry on. We need to learn a lesson from David. When he reached that point, he cried out to God. He poured out his heart in faith, trusting that God was listening and knowing that He had the power to step in and protect him. When you feel the floodwaters rising in your life, don’t panic. Reach out to the living God who loves you, trusting Him to come to your assistance.
These have been words from the heart.
For stories of how Canada was founded on Christian principles, see our new book ‘One Dominion’