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Out of the Mud and Mire

Anchor Devotional - 01.19.18

“Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; … By day the LORD directs his love, at night his song is with me—a prayer to the God of my life.”

Psalm 42:7-8

Quicksand, as I remember from old westerns, means “no way out,” mud and mire with no return. Some of life’s predicaments feel like quicksand, don’t they? Psalm 42:9 says, “God my Rock, why have you forgotten me?” I have asked this question in the sinking sands of hostile relationships, the sludgy places in my heart, and the senseless tragedies of life. I wonder if I’ll just keep sinking, forgotten by God altogether. At my self-pitying core, I ask, “Why me, Lord?”

Have you wondered if you really can trust God when He is silent and appears to be far away? It is easy be devoured by the loose, wet sand, to sink even faster as we struggle more. Like the psalmist, we too hear voices around us saying, “Where is your God?”

In those times, remind yourself that He is your Rock (v. 9). Go now to meet with Him. Look upward and stop flailing. He faithfully stops the downward pressure from sucking you in and assures you that He is your Savior. He directs His love toward you so that you can sing His song rather than your own.

Scripture Focus

Psalm 42


In trouble, say, “Why not me?” And know that the joy of the Lord is yours when you remember that He is your hope.

Read the Bible

  • Genesis 37-38
  • Psalm 19
  • Matthew 27