THE STRONG TOWER
“The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” Proverbs 18:10
I remember the first time I read this verse: I was in college. It was so encouraging and comforting to me! I lived in fear at that point in my life; something that has gone away as God has healed my soul.
I enjoyed this Scripture for a long time, until I started worrying about whether I’m righteous enough to run into the Strong Tower. The answer, of course, is yes. Jesus has made me righteous because I belong to Him.
Here is a bit of word study:
The Name…Shem or Suwm.
Carries the idea of definite and conspicuous position
set, ordain, establish, found, appoint, reputation, fame, glory
I have often heard that the “name” of God refers to His character and identity; far deeper and broader than how we usually think of this word.
of the Lord is a strong tower
An elevated structure that is mighty, solid and well, strong.
When the people in Solomon’s time heard this word, they knew that it refered to a place in a city where the people could take refuge during an attack.
The righteous Tsaddiyq
righteous (as justified and vindicated by God;) righteous (in conduct and character)
right, correct, lawful
run into it Ruwts
dart, move quickly, hurry
If there is one thing I have learned in my faith walk, it is to run to God sooner rather than later – really good plan; saves me from all sorts of trouble!
and are safe Sagab
To be too high for capture; to be in a place that’s so high, it’s secure.
When I read this, I think of the verses that say we are seated in the heavenly places with God. Yeah, that seems high enough to be out of the reach of enemies, not accessible for capture and secure!
So, if I rephrase this proverb, it would be something like:
The very nature of God is an elevated, strong, mighty place; those made righteous by Jesus dart hurriedly into it and are too high for capture, since they are out of reach.
How wonderful is that!