The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe. Proverbs 18:10
Here we are transported back to ancient times, back to days when roving bands of plunderers could so suddenly fall upon a helpless populace. As soon as the enemy was detected, the alarm would be raised. The peasants would catch up their children in their arms. A moment’s delay could mean the enemy’s sword in their hearts! They would flee to such a tower as that spoken of in our text. It is a testimony to their strength that many such towers stand to this day. In the great siege of Jerusalem by Vespasian, all of the Roman engines of destruction in one night succeeded only in disengaging four stones from the masonry of the tower of Antonia.
Our Lord Jesus is such a tower to His own dear people, those who are clothed in heaven’s best robe, His own divine righteousness. They know His name. ‘I will declare thy name unto my brethren’ (Heb. 2:12). The name of the Lord is expressive of all that God is, as He has been pleased to reveal Himself to us. There the child of God experiences protection from all the fiery darts of the wicked one. It is only in Him that we are safe from every attack of the enemy. There the child of God enjoys peace; even that ‘peace of God, which passeth all understanding’ (Phil. 4:7), that is able to keep (literally, ‘to garrison about’) both heart and mind through Christ Jesus. Thus it was that the psalmist, in spite of the increase of his enemies, could testify, ‘I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the Lord sustained me.
I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about’ (Psa. 3:5-6). Christian, in the moment of danger the bird flies to the cover of the thicket, and the fox hastens to its hole in the earth. Let us learn to run, with the feet of faith, to Him who is our strong tower. ‘They that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee’ (Psa. 9:10).
Benjamin Keach said, “Those who would have God for their refuge in the day of trouble ought to know or understand what a God He is.”
Taken from “Eagle’s Wings” published by the Free Presbyterian Church. © Free Presbyterian Church 1991- All Rights Reserved.