Jesus Saves the Sinking

Save me, O God!
For the waters have come up to my neck.
I sink in deep mire,
Where there is no standing;
I have come into deep waters,
Where the floods overflow me.
I am weary with my crying;
My throat is dry;
My eyes fail while I wait for my God.

— Psalm 69:1-4

Dr. Jeannine Hanger, Assistant Professor at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, writes this in this morning’s Lent Project devotional:

“Jesus’ embodiment of this psalm is why the psalmist’s cries are not futile. In his final week especially, Jesus walked the paces of the horrific realities we encounter in this broken world. Amid his consuming zeal for God he was unjustly accused, misunderstood, and lonely in suffering, derision, and rejection.

Jesus’ ascension to the cross in glory was—following today’s metaphor—how he sank to the depths, conquering death on our behalf. When we sink, He is why we can keep calling for rescue. The future of our world feels uncertain: we are witnessing lands decimated by war, people ravaged by pestilence, and communities fractured by division. But God in Christ saved us: pulling us from the depths he set us on high with Him. His lovingkindness came through and is coming through. We must not give up.”

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