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Deep Waters: Inspiration & Lyrics

Tuesday, August 25, 2015



What an idea! – that God Almighty "delights in me" – that, as Revelation 1:5 says, "The Ruler of the kings of the earth... loves us!" And not because of anything I have done, but simply because of Jesus' extravagant, undeserved love for me.

This song is based on King David's lyrics in Psalm 18. There is a lot of talk about "enemies" in this psalm, and David certainly had plenty of flesh-and-blood enemies hunting him down. But Ephesians 6:12 reveals that, ultimately, our struggle is not against other people but "against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms."

So when I sing this song in light of the New Testament, David's beautiful words find their fulfillment in the finished work of Jesus, who by His death and resurrection has freed me from my ultimate enemies: Satan, my own sin, and the "second death" which I have earned myself. These are enemies far too powerful for me to deal with, and yet... God has dealt with them for me! He alone is the horn (i.e. the strength) of my salvation. What can I do but praise Him?

It has been rightly said that we can only know the depths of God's mercy to the extent that we know the depths of our own sin. Out of deepest waters comes highest praise.



You can download a chord sheet here.

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Lyrics
The Lord is my rock, my fortress, my deliverer;
He is my shield and the horn of my salvation.
I call to the Lord, who is worthy of our praises
And I am saved from my enemies.

He reached down from on high and took hold of me,
He drew me out of deep waters,
He rescued me from my powerful enemy,
For the Lord delighted in me.

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