Psalm 69:1-2, 5 NIV 2011
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.
You, God, know my folly; my guilt is not hidden from you.
This psalm is the first of four psalms ending book II of the Psalter. The author prayed for deliverance from his enemies. He asked for God’s mercy to save him from them. The words he used describe his distress: up to my neck, miry depths, deep waters and floods engulf me. He had no place to go but God for help. He realized it was his own sin that caused his situation. He confessed his guilt, sin Psalm 69:13b, “In your great love, O God, answer me with your sure salvation.” God knows our guilt when we stand before Him.
I’ve learned when I try to hide from my sin there is no hiding place. It begins with as a small niggle and grows exponentially daily. Ultimately when I acknowledge the sin and confess it, the relief that washes over me frees and helps me to be more productive. Those sins that are hidden deep within the reaches of our mind eventually surface and the same liberation occurs once again. He knows each and every sin within me as I stand before Him and yet He still hears my petitions.
How will He forgive today?