“God, keep my head above water” – Avril Lavigne w/ Martha Washington (by Brad Jersak)

A message hope in a desperate prayer: “God, keep my head above water.”

Avril Lavigne is a French Canadian recording artist who started her career with hits such as “Sk8er Boi” and “Complicated.” She broke into the limelight as a teenager when her first album went six-times Platinum in less than a year. Her second album debuted at number one on the Billboard charts and would sell over 12 million copies worldwide. All told, she’s received 321 award nominations and 144 wins.

She used her rise to fame to create the Avril Lavigne Foundation and supported many charities, including the Make a Noise Foundation, Amnesty International, AmericanCPR.org, Camp Will-a-Way, Music Clearing Minefields, Make-a-Wish Foundation, War Child and YouthAIDS (and that’s just a sampling).

If life were “fair” and paid in kind, Avril Lavigne’s kindness to others–those suffering poverty, war, persecution, disease and disability–would be repaid in full with every type of success, health and strength. Certainly God has promised that ultimately, our loving acts matter and cannot be sown without also reaping. But like all of us, Lavigne has faced her own trials, experiencing the pain of two divorces and a debilitating battle with Lyme disease. Her health issues sidelined her for five years and fans wondered if she’d ever be back.

Happily, now 33, she’s battled back to encourage others who feel like they’re drowning. She’s released this beautiful music video of desperation and hope, praying that when circumstances overwhelm us, God will “keep my head above water.” It’s a classic lament in the tradition of Psalm 6 or Psalm 13. Lament is strange, because it’s not merely a complaint–as prayer, laments serve as effective intercession and call us back to faith in a loving God. May God bless you today with overcoming grace as you pray it with her. Enjoy…

“Head Above Water” by Avril Lavigne – Lyrics
I’ve gotta keep the calm before the storm
I don’t want less, I don’t want more
Must bar the windows and the doors
To keep me safe, to keep me warm
Yeah, my life is what I’m fighting for
Can’t part the sea, can’t reach the shore
And my voice becomes the driving force
I won’t let this pull me overboard
God, keep my head above water
Don’t let me drown, it gets harder
I’ll meet you there at the altar
As I fall down to my knees
Don’t let me drown, drown, drown
Don’t let me, don’t let me, don’t let me drown
So pull me up from down below
‘Cause I’m underneath the undertow
Come dry me off and hold me close
I need you now, I need you most
God, keep my head above water
Don’t let me drown, it gets harder
I’ll meet you there at the altar
As I fall down to my knees
Don’t let me drown
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