The name of the Lord is a strong tower;
the righteous runs into it and is safe.
I am currently doing a Bible study on the names of the Lord. I have completed similar studies, but I never get tired of this particular subject. I am always amazed and renewed to learn the character of the God I serve from His various names: Elohim, my Creator; El Elyon, the God Most High, a Sovereign God; El Roi, the God who sees me; El Shaddai, the All-Sufficient One, the One who meets all my needs. These are but a few of His holy names.
But no matter which of these names I call Him, He is a refuge that I know I can run to. Just as in ancient days, a "strong" tower was the very essence of your survival; it was a fortification that surrounded you and protected you from an enemy. And throughout time, God has been our strongest defense against THE Enemy.
In those early morning hours when Satan wakens me and begins to assault my mind with worries, this verse provides me with a strong image with which to battle against him. I can picture myself running into a massive tower, built of impregnable stone; with walls so thick that nothing can tear them down. I can picture massive doors closing behind me; locking out Evil and encompassing me within a bright, warm, safe shelter where I am surrounded by the benevolence of my Lord. And I feel the confidence of knowing that I am safe within these confines; that the very name of Jesus will protect me against all attacks.
This strong tower is my fortress of Faith. And for it to continue to stand, I must trust in His power to defeat the Enemy. If I am not steadfast in my trust, then I weaken the walls, and they begin to crumble. My defenses are diminished and Satan gets a foothold. So I have some responsibility in this arrangement. I am to be "righteous"; recognize that I am a sinner and cannot save myself, and that only by running to Christ, my "strong tower" and my Redeemer, can I find refuge. And I must always trust Him; never doubt in His power to protect me. What a Savior we have in Jesus!
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