The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe. -Proverbs 18:10
Close your eyes and imagine a vast expanse of land, few trees, and very little to keep from being exposed to an approaching army. From ancient times up to our day we have built places where we can hide away, be safe behind the protection of a thick wall. We have sent our armies to the top of the tower to defend it, and we have taken comfort that the doors are barricaded, and protected.
Life itself wages war on our very being – and we need to know there is a place we can run to and hide while the war rages around us. Today I am focusing on the Name of the Lord is a strong tower. We have access to this guarded and well defensed place where we are safe.
18:10 מִגְדַּל־עֹז שֵׁם יְהוָה בֹּֽו־יָרוּץ צַדִּיק וְנִשְׂגָּֽב׃
שֵׁם The Name (shem):
The definition of this word is reputation – the very fame, glory, reputation. It is a glimpse into the character of the Lord…. his name is a good name, his reputation is sure, and his fame is great
יְהֹוָה Of the Lord (Yehovah):
This phrase or title is used over 1600 times in scripture… refers to God almighty.
This refers to strength either in the physical sense, or political and social sense and can also mean power.
Elevated place of defense. It is a reinforced place for protection, often with no other purpose than to hide and defend a village from armies.
Always this word refers to God’s people, people he has called and redeemed. Our righteousness is only in Jesus alone.
שָׂגַב On High
This word means to be placed in an inaccessible place on high or to be too high to be captured. Every definition from the hebrew indicates it is a sure place, a strong place that is highly defended.
There are times when i wish i was fluent in greek and hebrew, to understand the full impact of the words. Every commentator reminds us that this verse and the many that refer to Jesus as a strong tower speak of these things:
- A credible threat – a war, a danger, or a place of exposure
- A safe place to go – a shelter, or protection
And what is implied is the abounding protection of God over us, having a plan to protect us as we choose to run there.
“Today we need you as our high tower, running in to the safety and shelter of your love and mercy. We need that assurance that we are in a safe place where the enemy cannot reach. Thank you that you have made a way of protection from the war that rages around us. I choose today to run into your high tower, and take shelter in your protection. Amen.”