"Blessed be the Lord, for he has wondrously shown his steadfast love to me when I was beset as a city under siege. I had said in my alarm, 'I am driven far from your sight.' But you heard my supplications when I cried out to you for help" (Psalm 31:21-22).
Eugene Peterson says of this passage, "A person in trouble is like a city under siege: the very defense system that had been constructed to keep the enemy out is now used to keep the citizens in. Our own defenses, however useful they are for a time, finally become part of our problem. What we need is not a better defense against evil, but a better deliverance from it."