Reading: Psalm 31:21-24
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).*
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? My quick and simple answer is no. My city is not surrounded by enemy troops who are lobbing artillery shells down on my neighborhood.
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 and social media feeds 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 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 enemy’s 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. Don’t be mesmerized by the devil’s devices and machinations. 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. I will be strong and take heart because I set my hope on you. Amen.
Your Turn: Do you feel your faith is under attack? How do you respond? Do you cower or advance?
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Alan Kearns said:
I feel very often that my life is a tug of war; I am pulling one way trying to stay healthy and serve God more, but Satan and bad health are pulling me back. I refuse to give him an inch! I dig in and hold the line by leaning on God and His Word, my own strength is insufficient in this tug of war – my Anchor man at the end of my rope is my Lord!
Hold firm, Alan!
Lord Jesus, supply healing and grace. Amen.
Taking a cue from the comments by Alan Kearns, I go straight to Hebrews 6:19 “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil,” The chaos in our Spirit ends when we “turn our eyes upon Jesus”. “13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” – Romans 15:13
What an excellent biblical response, Wally. Thank you.
Alan Kearns said:
Thank you Wally for those beautiful verses, which remind me of a favourite hymn, “Will Your Anchor Hold?”
Vincent S Artale Jr said:
Reblogged this on Talmidimblogging.
Thanks for reblogging, Vincent.
Vincent S Artale Jr said:
Truly my pleasure David 🙏🏻👍
Amen David, we need to keep our focus on Jesus! He changed the world by changing those who came to Him out of the world and spent three years following him.
“And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith” (Hebrews 12:1b-2a).
This world is so filled with evil. It makes me eager to get to heaven. Even when we have Hope in the Lord it’s easy to fall into depression. I seem to be in one of those pits lately.
Lord, lift up my sister, Kathy by the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.
Thank you, David. I’m lifted daily by your latest book.