Psalm 69 – One With the Mud
In 1995, Jars of Clay released their self-titled debut album. You may remember the track “Flood,” which was a crossover success in both mainstream rock and Christian music. As a junior high schooler and pencil-necked geek, I had only the vaguest sense that something unusual was going on when I heard “Flood” both at youth group meetings and on the radio at the fitness center pool. “Flood” uses the metaphor of a flood to represent overwhelming distress that drives us to rely on God. Despite the line “If I can’t swim after forty days,” the band has stated that the song “is not about Noah”–but I’ll bet you anything it was inspired by Psalm 69.