I am using a wall calendar this year that has beautiful pictures of Scotland for each month. One picture is Dunnottar Castle built on top a mountain at the edge of the sea. As I look at it, it’s hard to figure out how they carried all the materials up there in order to build it. The castle buildings are massive stone structures with very few windows. It’s beautiful but very forbidding and inaccessible.
Of course that’s the point. These castles from the past were built to protect the people from invasion. Usually quite tall, they provided a good lookout to view an approaching enemy. On the other side, the enemy could also easily see how fruitless it would be to attack such a powerful stronghold.
Proverbs 18:10 says that “the name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” If you don’t have a very good idea what a “strong tower” looks like, use the image of the castle to get you there. Picture safety, shelter, security, asylum, and refuge and you will know all that the Lord’s name provides.
So what is the Lord’s name? He gives us many choices. Here are just a very few: Good Shepherd, The Alpha and the Omega, Father, The Lord our Peace, Redeemer, the Holy One, and Savior. Are you under attack? Is an enemy headed your way? Call out the name of the Lord and start running. Once inside that strong tower you are safe for sure.