The question of when we will be gathering together again has been the subject of much prayer and discussion by our church’s leadership. We are asking God for wisdom as we attempt to follow the guidelines of New York State and New York City regarding the timing for reopening our church campus. At the same time, we are making plans and putting protocols in place to ensure your safety and well-being when we are able to meet again. Stay tuned for updates as more information becomes available.  

In the meantime, we hope that you will continue to join us for Tuesday Prayer Onlinebeginning at 7pm; Sunday Worship Online, beginning at 9am; and weekday Devotions Onlinebeginning at 10am. We also invite you to check the Churchwide Announcements on our home page to learn about additional online events for each member of your family.

Under Siege!

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

“Praise be to the Lord, for he showed me the wonders of his love when I was in a city under siege.” (Psalm 31:21 NIV)

In this Psalm, David speaks of being in a city under siege.  He says further that, in his alarm, he said to the Lord, “I am cut off from your sight”!  What in the world was God’s anointed doing in a besieged city?  He was expressing what you and I can go through even as God’s children; what perhaps some reading this may be going through today.  The circumstances of life can at times make us feel hemmed in, with no way out.  It could even be the result of our own disobedience.  It is especially in those times of vulnerability that the enemy of our souls comes to lay siege to us, accusing us and telling us that there is no way out of our dilemma.

Thank God that David did not stay in that place.  Instead, he tells the Lord, “Yet you heard my cry for mercy when I called to you for help.”  Praise the Lord!  We can do the same when we are in a besieged city!  Interestingly, the Hebrew for “besieged city” can also mean “strong or fortified or protected city.”  The Lord can turn the walls of our siege into walls of protection by his power and his might!  There is another place in the same Psalm where David says to God, “You have not given me into the hands of the enemy but have set my feet in a spacious place” (Psalm 31:8).  Hallelujah!  As we follow the example of David and cry out to the Lord for help, he will do the same for you and me today!

Read all of Psalm 31.

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