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Reading:                                     Psalm 31

(Verses 21-24)

Praise be to the LORD,     

for he showed me the wonders of his love     

when I was in a city under siege.

In my alarm I said,     

“I am cut off from your sight!”

Yet you heard my cry for mercy     

when I called to you for help.

 Love the LORD, all his faithful people!     

The LORD preserves those who are true to him,     

but the proud he pays back in full.

Be strong and take heart,     

all you who hope in the LORD. (NIV)

Reflection

David ends Psalm 31 with a testimony to God’s great love and mercy. Hear his declaration: Praise be to the LORD, for he showed me the wonders of his love when I was in a city under siege. In my alarm I said, “I am cut off from your sight!” Yet you heard my cry for mercy when I called to you for help.

Are you living in a city under siege? The quick and simple answer is no. My city isn’t surrounded by enemy troops who are lobbing artillery shells down on my neighbourhood.

While in the physical sense that may be true, in the spiritual realm my city is caught up in active warfare. Demonic forces are firing their missiles into my city. The airwaves are filled with smut and pornography. In the public square Christian faith is routinely mocked and under attack. Atheists trumpet their cause with bestselling books and spew venom on any who dare to embrace the faith. Meanwhile, pop culture plunges headlong into the deep end of gothic horror, vampire blood lust and zombie self-identification. Then we stand back in amazement when those same young people lash out in murderous deranged madness as happened when five young people were stabbed to death in Calgary or in my hometown this week when an eighteen-year-old killed his mother.

When you shun God and bed down with the devil, many are going end up hurt.

My city is under siege, but with the help and grace of God, I will not succumb to the enemies attack. I will emerge triumphant. David did. And here is his advice for you and me: Love the LORD, all his faithful people!

David’s advice is counterintuitive. Take your eyes off the enemy. Your salvation comes from the LORD. Set your heart and your affections on Him. The LORD preserves those who are true to him, but the proud he pays back in full. Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD.

Response: LORD God, have mercy on me. I love you, LORD. Preserve me through the unfailing love of your Son, Jesus. Amen.

Your Turn: Do you sense that your faith is under attack? How do you respond?