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Migdal Oz – Strong Tower

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In Psalm 61, David calls God his “strong tower.” This word picture brings to mind a righteous person who stays above the fray and remains secure from peril because he or she has run to the LORD.

For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe.” Psalm 61:3

In ancient times, many cities had a skyline that consisted of a single, centralized fortress.

When enemies invaded, the area residents would flee to this stronghold (usually a high tower) and take refuge.

Often the structures were constructed with small doorways leading to staircases that twisted upward and got tinier the higher one went. (Ireland still has a few of these tall, round towers in some of its coastal cities.)

From within, the men of the city could shoot arrows down at their attackers (or pour boiling oil on them).

The women and children would climb even higher to fortified “safe rooms” for better refuge and security. When the danger passed or help arrived, the people would come out of hiding.

In Psalm 61, David calls God his “strong tower.” This word picture brings to mind a righteous person who stays above the fray and remains secure from peril because he or she has run to the LORD.

David’s point, of course, is that the Lord is the ultimate safe place.

Consider the promises of God that echo this same idea:
• “The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” (Proverbs 18:10)
• “Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.” (Joel 2:32)
• “The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer.” (2 Samuel 22:2)
• “You are my strength, I watch for you; you, God, are my fortress.” (Psalm 59:9)
• “I have become a sign to many; you are my strong refuge.” (Psalm 71:7)

Whatever unnerving or even frightening situations you face today, the good news is that God is a strong tower. His heart and part is to protect.

Your part is simply to run to Him and hide in Him.
Remember, the strongest, highest tower in the world is of no use to us unless and until we run into it.

How would you introduce the concept and benefits of God as our “strong tower” to a friend in need?

Prayer:
God, You are my invincible, impregnable tower. Give me the wisdom to run to You first and to not place my trust in pseudo securities. Amen.

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