Love in a Besieged City

In Psalm 31, David was in the midst of some pretty bad days, but surrounded by trouble, he could write in :21, “Blessed be the Lord, for He has wondrously shown His steadfast love to me when I was in a besieged city.” (ESV)  Notice what we can learn from this verse about how God’s love can minister to us in our most difficult times:

– It says that God shows His love “when I was in a besieged city”.  He “specializes” in showing His love, not only in times of peace and tranquility, but especially in our most difficult times — surrounded by our enemies or troubles.  This magnifies His love even more, that it can be manifested to us in such times!

– And notice how it says He has “wondrously” shown His love.  The New American Standard translation says: “For He has made marvelous His lovingkindness to me in a besieged city.”  It is not that His love just “barely” comes through for us; it is “wondrously”, “marvelously” showered on us, even in the worst of times.

– And notice the contrast between God and man here:

a) it is “HIS” chesed (Hebrew for God’s faithful love), vs. the fickle love of men.  God’s love is more faithful and of an eminently higher quality than any other love we have ever known.

b) notice the contrast between his treatment by God and men: men were besieging him!  But God, even in the midst of men’s oppression, was showing him His steadfast love! 

– Finally, notice that what David praises God for is His lovingkindness – not material possessions, or any other “tangible” blessing.  THIS is God’s greatest gift to us, and should be the subject of our constant praise.  I know that I personally have much to grow in this area: to continually meditate on His love, and to praise Him for THAT – and not just lesser things.   Let us strive not just to “know” of His great love, but to experience it personally in our daily walk with Him.  May God grant that we are each able to say: “He has wondrously shown His chesed to ME!”

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About Shawn Thomas

My blog, shawnethomas.com, provides brief daily devotions from own personal Bible reading, as well as some of my sermons, book reviews, and family life experiences.
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