Save me! I’m in way over my head. With quicksand underneath me and swamp water over me; I’m going down for the third time. I’m hoarse from calling for help and bleary-eyed from searching the sky for You.
I’ve got more enemies than hairs on my head; sneaks and liars are out to knife me in the back. They accuse me of stealing when I have not stolen a thing from them, so what must I give back?
My siblings shun me like a bum off the street. My parents treat me like an unwanted guest in my own home. I love you more than I can say and because I’m madly in love with You, I am blamed by all those who stare at me.
God, I know, however, that I have stolen from You. You know my every sin; my life’s an open book to you. But please don’t let my hope in You, die with me. God, it’s time for a break! Please answer in love and rescue me from the swamp; pull me out of the clutch of the enemy who is sucking me down to the grave; the Black Hole of death.
Please answer me now, God, because You love me. I will shout your name with a praising song. I will tell everyone of Your greatness in a prayer of thanks. I have put my hope in You.
paraphrased Psalm 69, MSG