“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.