My Strong Tower
Psalm 18:1-3 & 30
1-2 I love you, God— you make me strong.
God is bedrock under my feet,
the castle in which I live,
my rescuing knight.
My God—the high crag
where I run for dear life,
hiding behind the boulders,
safe in the granite hideout.
3 I sing to God, the Praise-Lofty,
and find myself safe and saved.
30 What a God! His road
stretches straight and smooth.
Every God-direction is road-tested.
Everyone who runs toward him
In this drawing you see a castle tower perched on top of a craggy cliff. The base of the cliff is a wall with a doorway in it. The castle tower is one that I saw in Slovakia from the Devin Castle ruins. It was perched high and mighty with everything else around it crumbling away. Jesus is like this too. When things around us are being destroyed He IS our Strong Tower. Always present, always alert and always there ready to help.
The wall represents the destroyed city of Jerusalem from 2 Kings 25. The Holy City was destroyed. It was a devastating day for Jerusalem and her people. God broke the heart of a cupbearer named Nehemiah. He saw the city in shambles and he wept and prayed and fasted for days. God gave him a vision to rebuild the walls of the city that he loved.
God is in the rebuilding business. He doesn’t want any of us to be destroyed. People say, “how can God do this or that?” Well, God isn’t doing anything but offering us the best of the best. We are the ones who make the choice to deny the best. How do we do this? When we refuse to accept the gift that God is offering us. It’s always there, always available and we don’t have to DO anything to get it. No work, no money, nothing. Just say yes to the best. When God created the world he saw that it was good. When he formed man and breathed HIS breath into man he saw that it was VERY good.
YOU are VERY GOOD whether you think you are or not- GOD DOES! He sees the best in you!
Isaiah 62: 6-7 says this:
6 I have posted watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem;
they will never be silent day or night.
You who call on the LORD,
give yourselves no rest,
7 and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem
and makes her the praise of the earth.
Listen folks- WE are the WATCHMAN. We ARE the HOLY CITY. God lives IN us and each one of us are like a mini Holy City. God sends people into our lives every single day and it is up to us to share Jesus with them. We are called to live a life of holiness-to put off the world and put on Christ. How do we do this? We do it by saying no to the pleasures of sin-those things are different for each one of us. For the people of Jerusalem-they couldn’t say no because they were so caught up in the false gods they couldn’t see the narrow road that led to God. They destroyed themselves by refusing God. We do that everyday when we entertain the things of the darkness like tarot cards, palm reading , psychics and even horoscopes. That’s not all- drunkeness, drugs, food, lies, stealing, adultery, lusting, pornography, and the list goes on. Don’t you see? Not much has changed in the world since the fall of Jerusalem. If I were God I would have taken matters into my own hands already. But it’s a good thing I am not because our God is a God of long-suffering, patience, and forgiveness. After thousands of years-he still reaches out, he still loves, and he still pursues us. Why? Because he knows what lies beyond this world. He knows the beauty that awaits us. The peace, hope, love and joy that we dream about. He’s in it and He’s right here saying, ” come on, you can make it, keep climbing, keep reaching, keep looking up….”
You see that little person on the rocks? Well, that’s me. Some days I don’t think I will ever make it to the top. I require much love from God and the people around me. I throw myself into things that I think will please God. Sometimes those things are of the world and I don’t even realize it. I can tell you all the things that are wrong with me because that’s what satan wants me to see. But I’m not going to do that. God wants me to see the best and the best is yet to come and I can’t wait to fall into the arms of my beloved Savior. I will cry my last tears, I will think my last negative thoughts and I will leave the ills of the world behind me. Jesus the Christ, my Christ, will wipe away my every tear, take away every stain and I will finally be living a life of total freedom, peace and unspeakable joy. I look forward to that day with great anticipation. Every day that goes by here on earth makes me yearn for my “forever place” even more. Until then…I will keep climbing and keep reaching until I make it .
In the meantime, there’s still much work to be done here and God is giving each of us new direction everyday. Go here, do this this, do that and watch ME (God) work through your (US) hands and feet! Like Nehemiah and all of his workers we must look to God first and foremost, fast and pray and then do the work he is calling us to do. He speaks to each of us in different ways and when we come together under Him we put all of His pieces together into a beautiful picture of grace. This is why he fills us with different gifts-so that we can work together as the body of Christ. You might be the hands and I might be the feet. Someone else is the mouth and another the ears. It’s a beautiful thing. Each piece is important in the eyes of God. Each piece is needed to complete the picture.
The wall of Jerusalem is the same way. There are many stones in different positions. Some are outer, some are inner. Some are on top, some are on bottom. Each one has a purpose- to protect what is inside. We are these like these stones. Each with a purpose and a job to do-to glorify God. When we come together, like the wall, we are strong and fortified. God is our rock, our Redeemer, our Strong Tower.
Let me ask you today- where are you in this picture? Think about it. Pray and seek God’s direction in all that you do and I promise he will guide you to the road that leads to Him!
Blessings for your day,