Psalm 69:4 (NIV) Save me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck. I sink in the miry depths, where there is no foothold. I have come into the deep waters; the floods engulf me. I am worn out calling for help; my throat is parched. My eyes fail, looking for my God. Those who hate me without reason outnumber the hairs of my head; many are my enemies without cause, those who seek to destroy me. I am forced to restore what I did not steal.
The psalmist uses an image of one who is drowning to express his dire need for help. He has no foothold. He feels outnumbered and overwhelmed by his enemies. Although he might be suffering for his sins, his enemies take advantage to torment him even more. The situation becomes more desperate when he calls but God seems to be nowhere. But he knows that unless God intervenes, he is sure to lose.
Many of us have been there when we were in desperate and urgent need of help. When we knew that we had run out of options—and even more importantly, out of time. I have witnessed horrible scenes of motor accidents. A victim is trapped in a wreck of car with a body drenched in blood and pieced with broken pieces of glass. She is visibly experiencing excruciating pain and longs for someone to come to her rescue. She wants to shout—to call out to anyone can possibly help—but she cannot. She gasps for air and mutters “help; save me”!”
“Save me” is a cry of desperation. It is an acknowledgement that something is wrong. It is an acceptance that unless Someone intervenes in our situation, we will be lost; we will perish. It is an admission of our inability to help ourselves out of our predicament; an admission that we have failed. It is a declaration of one’s hope in the Other who is stronger.
A cry for “help” is also an expression of humility. Proud people can hardly accept that they need help—even when it is very obvious to everyone else that they are in desperate need of it. “Save me” is the only prayer one who is sinking can afford to pray. And it is the one prayer that will never go unanswered. Thank God that He has promised that everyone who calls on His name shall be saved. The name “Jesus” means Savior. Not only has He saved us from our sins and eternal damnation, but He is always there to help us when we need Him.