Today's verse is a pretty intense one! It sounds like God is hemming us in, locking us off, sealing us away from the world. One of the more literal Bible versions even says that God is 'besieging' us!
And... yes, that is what He's doing. When we make a commitment not to sin, when we say 'God, I reject evil and choose Your path', we start an agreement with Him. For the rest of our lives (for better or worse, richer or poorer, etc...) we are asking Him to wash us of our sin and lift us up to live a better life. It's going to be tough sometimes. If we start down a thought-route or action that is against His principles, we are asking Him to help us deal with it in His way. His ways are never to oppress us, nor to abuse us, but only ever for our good and our true freedom.
His ways are always to help us live better and get wiser. The hand that holds us up is the same hand that keeps us out of destruction's path - He is always there to help when we teeter on its edge.
So what now? Imagine yourself going into an old abandoned house. Open the front door, brush the cobwebs off your face, and switch on your torch. Watch the rats scurry away to the walls and through the floorboards. This is what happens when the light of Christ shines into your life. Thank God that He 'besieges' you!
Soulfood : Judg 16:1-19:15, Mk 9:14-29, Ps 47, Prov 13:11-12