“The Name of the Lord is a Strong Tower, the righteous run to it and they are safe.” Proverbs 18:10 NKJV
When I hear someone’s name immediately a picture comes into my mind. It can be good or bad depending on the reputation that is associated with their name. I have met many wonderful people in my life and when some of their names are mentioned it can bring a sense of calm or peace to my heart. While others can cause an unsettling to rise up. A Name is powerful and this is true of the Name of the Lord. His Name carries with it His reputation and His Character. So, when we are being told that His Name is a strong tower, we can have confidence in this Name and the character associated with it.
Some people’s reputation are not trustworthy but the Name of the Lord, is a name and reputation we can fully trust and count on. When God says he is going to do something, it will be done. When He tells us that He is a safe place to run to when the pressures are surrounding you. You can trust with full assurance that you will find a place of refuge that you can find no where else.
Strong Towers are places people run to for safety from enemies trying to captivate them, or places for people to flee when they need to be protected or find refuge. His Name contains within in it a place where we can run and flee to in any moment of our lives. What a powerful Name.
Once people entered the strong tower they found three key things; protection, provision, and a sense of belonging. I love so much that everything we could ever want is found in His reputation, in His Name.
I don’t need to stand on the outside trying to do this on my own. Trying to be my own provider, my own protector, building my own identity, but as I run to the Name that can be trusted my entire life is amply supplied.
What does this look like besides nice words?
Protection! Living has a way of staining our lives. The mess of living in a broken world can have its toll on us if we are trying to protect ourselves, but to the person who knows that they cannot defend their own heart against the onslaught of darkness, they refuse to be their own protector. They trust that this strong tower can protect their heart, their mind, their very life from the outside pressures that is trying to beat it down. Their hearts are kept and protected because they have run to the Name that protects.
Provision. Consider that while we often try and supply our lives from things that are outside of His Name, everything we need to live is supplied in His Name. Once a person enters the tower, they have all that they need to live. They trust the defenders of the city to protect while they embrace the resources that are supplied within the walls of refuge. They can rest, feast on the provision and be completely satisfied. This is so rich if we get this. To the one who runs to Him, we have everything we need for life and godliness. We don’t need what is outside of Him, only what is in His Name. Selah.
A sense of belonging. Inside the place of refuge is a community where love and acceptance is found. A sense of belonging that can’t be found anywhere else. I personally love this part. Having been a misfit most of my life in this world, my identity is truly found in Christ. I don’t fit elsewhere because I was made to belong in Him. We are loved and cherished but only begin to taste of that when we run to His incredibly powerful Name.
There is safety in this strong tower. Our hearts are safe. Our minds are safe. We are covered and hidden by the very One who gave up everything to be our place of refuge and our redeemer.