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
Migdal `oz
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!

Advertisements

About lifehelps

I am like a rich tapestry, full of texture and color. I'm a musician, composer, poet, gardener, homemaker and friend. I worked as anLCSW for 22 years; as a socialworker for 26 years all told. Before that, I was a rehabilitation teacher. My passion is to come alongside others; to empower and bless them. That is why you will find plenty of variety in my blog. Two very important things to know about me is that I am a life-long learner - An explorer and sojourner. I also belong to the Lord Jesus...now, before you get tweeked out: I am not saying I am "religious." There is a huge difference between all of the rules and empty practice that often gets associated with Christianity and the kind of life that comes from being in a relationship with the loving God. May you find encouragement, inspiration, insight, good ideas and a laugh or two as you read my posts and comments.

Posted on October 29, 2014, in Bible verses, essays and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: