23. Besieged?

Stan started our conversation with, “Last night I was re-reading some of my journal entries from the Book of Psalms and found something I think will interest you.”

“What’s that?”

“In Psalms 32:21, David gives thanks to the Lord for His loving provision of protection in a besieged city.”

“That’s good,” I replied, “but we don’t have any besieged cities today, do we?”

“Every single one”, was Stan’s somewhat somber reply.  “Every city, every town and village, and, yes, every single life is besieged.”

“By what?”

“The world, the flesh, and the devil.”

“If a person doesn’t think we are under siege, he or she is not paying attention or simply doesn’t care.”

“Being a bit melodramatic this morning aren’t you?”

“No, I’m serious about this.  We are constantly confronted with seemingly-endless temptation and attacks on our beliefs and faith.”

“But I am equally serious about God being our refuge if we will only choose to call on Him for His help in overcoming being besieged.”

“He has provided all we need to be victorious and a conqueror in the name of Jesus.  It is available for the asking.  Just ask.”

“Is asking all we need to do?”

“Yes, in one sense; no, in another.  Asking is all we need to do to have available God’s refuge, but beyond asking it is essential to listen to His response and to obey.”

“We can’t just ask for God’s help and then go merrily on our way without making the necessary changes in what we think and do.”

“We have to take God and His every provision seriously.  Claim and embrace all He offers.”

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Blessed be the Lord, for He has made marvelous His lovingkindness to me in a besieged city.  Psalm 32:21.

Prayer:  I am constantly besieged.  I am weak, but you are strong.  I ask for and claim your strength and lovingkindness in providing protection from all that besieges me.  Amen.

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