To lay siege- the act of surrounding and attacking a fortified place in such a way as to isolate it from help and supplies… thereby making capture possible.
Siege warfare was a horrible thing of the past. Studying this recently helped me understand scenarios portrayed in the Old Testament like Psalm 31. What a hopeless spot when cities were completely surrounded by an enemy until everyone inside died.
21. “Blessed be the LORD, for He has wondrously shown His steadfast love to me when I was in a besieged city.
I never before thought of myself having been besieged. This Psalm brought several instances to mind when I have felt pretty helpless, alone and cut-off for a time.
22. I had said in my alarm, “I am cut off from Your sight.” But You heard the voice of my pleas for mercy when I cried to You for help.
Yet I was never far from God. It was not hopeless. He heard my cries and offered me help. Jesus by my side, His Spirit in my heart. No matter what the battle looked like there was always hope.
23. Love the Lord, all you His saints! The Lord preserves the faithful but abundantly repays the one who acts in pride.
I knew I could not make it on my own. He was the only One who could see a way through! Like verse 21 explains in Hebrew: “He caused His faithfulness to be amazing to me.”
24. Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord!” No need to panic, God aims to amaze. If you feel besieged by the enemy today, take heart – God is bigger still. He is coming to get you!