Hasten, O God, to save me; come quickly, Lord, to help me. Psalm 70:1
When was the last time you saw a movie that had quicksand in it? You see the person slowly sink in and there’s virtually nothing he can do about it except to call for help. Panicking will only hurt his cause, but doing nothing certainly isn’t a great option either. That help had better come within the next two minutes or the person will be buried alive.
I sense David’s beginning to this petition/prayer is much like that. He has no time to waste on “fluff” or platitudes. It’s ‘help me now, Lord, or I’m a gonner!”
We’ve all been there. We’ve all tied that proverbial knot on the end of the rope and hung on for dear life. Desperation is not a pretty place to be.
But I’ve been saying for a long time that an time we get desperate for God is a good thing. Perhaps it says more about our spiritual life that we are NOT desperate for God. Granted, being placed in a desperate situation and being desperate for God are two different things, but the concept is the same.
What would it take for us to become desperate for God if we’re not already there?