Friday, March 18, 2016

A Fortress and A Strong Tower

I memorized Psalm 46 a few nights ago, and since they have been recurring verses in my mind recently, I thought I'd use some of them in my post for this week. 

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. (Psalm 46:1-3)

We don't often experience the physical and geographical aspects of these last two verses where I live. We haven't suffered any major earthquakes, the mountains are still in the same place, and we haven't seen any tsunamis or the like. But in a metaphorical sense, sometimes it does seem like the earth has given way, and that that normally steadfast mountains have crumbled around us. Even in those trials and challenges, Psalm 46 offers the security of a Savior and the fortress of the God of Jacob as our refuge.

Proverbs 18:10 says, "The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe." I was thinking of that verse when I got to Psalm 46:7 and 11 which says, "The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress." The fortress or the strong tower is pictured as a place of safety in the midst of danger. The battle-weary soldier who is defeated on all sides runs to that tower, and finds safety from attack inside those walls.

So often we don't like the limitations and rules or restrictions around us. We'd rather have freedom to do as we please, but when it comes to danger and hardship, we long for those walls, that place of retreat where we can find safety. When we face trials, we ought to run to the place of safety, a place of boundaries amidst the turmoil. And that place is found in the LORD--Yahweh. The leader of His children and the defender of those who call on His name. His name is our fortress, and those who take shelter under His wings will find a security that no outside force can pierce.

Remember Whom to run to the next moment you're facing temptation or heartbreak. Seek the walls of a Fortress...the fortress which is built on the Cornerstone. 
"For it stands in Scripture: 'Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.'" (1 Peter 2:6) 

Despite the collapsing mountains and roaring waters and shattering earth, we stand on a Rock who is unshakable. 
"Be to me a rock of refuge, to which I may continually come; you have given the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress." (Psalm 71:3) 

Ask Him to lead you to that Higher Rock when your heart is weary. 
"Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer; from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I, for you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy." (Psalm 61:1-3) 

His Word is a refuge and strong tower. 
"For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken." (Psalm 62:1-2) 

In that fortress, you'll find the necessary silence to be still, and know that He is God. (Psalm 46:11)

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