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Surrounded – 16 February 2020

I was particularly struck last week by these words from Psalm 32v10 – “the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in Him.”  Spurgeon comments: “Observe, my soul, what a bodyguard you have!  Before and behind, and on all sides, ride these mounted guards of grace.  We dwell in the centre of the system of mercy, for we dwell in Christ Jesus.”

Do you feel surrounded – perhaps by trials, ill-health, even besetting sin?  Sometimes it seems as though wherever we look we face difficulties and trouble – we may be tempted to ask “can anything else go wrong?”

One of my favourite Old Testament stories is in 2 Kings 6 where the Aramean army surrounds the city of Dothan where Elisha was staying.  His servant was terrified, but Elisha prayed that the Lord would open his eyes to see “the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all round Elisha” (v17).

A later Psalm (125) gloriously affirms that “the Lord surrounds His people both now and for evermore” (v2).  May we, by faith, see beyond our immediate surroundings to the Lord’s 360 degree presence, protection, pardon, power and passion.  No wonder the Psalmist in Psalm 32 immediately continues in v11: “Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous; sing, all you who are upright in heart.”

Peace and Grace

Paul