Dealing with Trauma

4 The ropes of death entangled me; floods of destruction swept over me. 5 The grave wrapped its ropes around me; death laid a trap in my path. 6 But in my distress I cried out to the Lord; yes, I prayed to my God for help. He heard me from his sanctuary; my cry to him reached his ears. 16 He reached down from heaven and rescued me; he drew me out of deep waters. 17 He rescued me from my powerful enemies, from those who hated me and were too strong for me. (Psalm 18:4-6, 16-17 NLT)

Whatever David was facing, it sounds devastating and fatal:

Ropes of death entangled me
Floods of destruction swept over me
The grave wrapped its ropes around me
Death laid a trap for my path.

Death, destruction, the grave, and more death. Entangled, swept over, wrapped around, and laid a trap. One of those things, one of those actions, would be enough to imprison
your attention. But what does David do? He cried out to the Lord, he prayed to his God.

Are you feeling overwhelmed? Have you lost hope? Lost your way? Despite all that was seeking to drag David away, he still turned to the LORD and cried out for help. In this desperate time, let David be your example. Why? Because [the LORD] He reached down from heaven and rescued me; he drew me out of deep waters. I would encourage you to read all the verses from 4 to 17, to see to what extent God will go to deliver you.

Read last week’s blog, Dealing with Trauma – What Can the Righteous Do?

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