Psalm 31 captures a lot of what the Psalmist has to say about what to do when you’re in a tight spot. It refers to themes that have been prominent in Psalms so far. Themes of the character of God, the ability to access from Him in a right relationship with Him.
There was one phrase in this Psalm that arrested me and it was highlighted to me in a conversation. Verse 8 sees the Psalmist declare that God has not allowed this man to be overwhelmed, but his feet has been set into a spacious place.
The conversation I was having were with two people who really enjoy their space. I am someone who can operate and thrive in rather closed spaces. Not cramped, but I can deal with the door shut, a table, a chair, a laptop, wifi access and steady supply of my favourite snacks. My friends, however, need space and love it. They love open expanses. It sings to them of freedom – freedom to roam, stretch, expand, explore and just be without any sense of inhibition.
The Psalmist later on would later praise God for delivering him from a besieged place. That sense of having the space cramped around you, the suffocating, restricting feeling of being confined because you are surrounded by opposing forces can be a crippling situation. It is until God who redeems and rescues, swoops down and destroys the efforts of the enemy again that we are given once more that sense of freedom to roam.
Look at what the Lord has done – giving us the opportunity to explore open spaces. No more confined by the enemy – we are free to roam the wide spaces of abundant life.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden