To have the name of the Lord as our strong tower means we have all we need, wherever we are. It is perfect, complete, and all-encompassing for all believers.
The name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe. (Proverbs 18:10)
We spend a small fortune, these days, on being safe. Security companies abound, our properties are fenced or walled and alarmed with armed response, and those businesses who can afford it have security guards or at least car guards out in the car park. This kind security-conscious environment should remind us powerfully of what the blessing of having God’s name as our strong tower.
The simple significance of a strong tower.
Back in history, the strong tower was the focal point of any defence and landholders would build them as strong and defendable as possible. This was where locals would hole-up when under attack, which meant they had to be wide enough to hold those seeking shelter and safety but also tall enough to be able to a) spot the enemy approach in good time to set the defences and b) to provide the advantage of higher position in the battle.
Aside from these very basic needs of safety and advantage in battle, the strong tower also had to be able to provide for the people in case of a siege. This meant that it had to be well supplied with food, water, and other basic needs to sustain life. In a nutshell, then the strong tower provided protection, defence, safety, succour, and sustenance.
The daily need for a strong tower.
Every single human being, whether they are a follower of Christ or not, have a need for a strong tower. The fact that we’re zipping up our homes and businesses as securely as we can is proof of this. We live in a fallen world that is rapidly escalating through end times.Wickedness of every kind grows rampant around us. It seems that everything we do and every decision we make comes with this critical component of safety and security attached.
There is a fundamental difference, however, between the believer and the unbeliever, because those in Christ carry within us the hope of our eternity with Him. We are learning to live more in the spirit than the flesh, and are not tied down by the things of this world. Our Christian walk is a daily journey towards a glorious eternity. We cannot be destroyed or broken by the world, but live as citizens of heaven with the authority of Christ alive and powerful in us if we are submitted to him. In other words, we are not as dependent on the strong tower the world provides because we have an additional fortress the world cannot enter.
The completeness of our strong tower in God.
Today’s verse paints a beautiful portrait of the completeness of the I AM by telling us that it is the name of the Lord which is our strong tower. God manifests His nature and character through His name. In other words, His name is a perfect manifestation of who and what He is, and what He is able to accomplish. Everything that defines the very essence of God is encapsulated in His name.
God has given us a variety of names, each of which define a specific aspect of His nature or character. This is a powerful truth when examining the strong tower He provides. Within the ‘walls’ of this tower, God provides for every single need we could possibly have. It goes beyond being simply a safe place to ‘hole up’ but is a pivotal place in which we can live and prosper. And from here, we can effectively deal with the world around us. Put all the various names of God together, and we have the I AM of God. In very simple terms, this is God saying “I AM everything you could ever possibly need.” It’s absolutely, perfectly complete.
The strong tower of God is ever-present.
This is a seldom mentioned little truth but one which I have found immeasurably comforting and assuring. As a believer, I carry God’s name. I am a Christian. I wear the name of Christ. He was the full and perfect manifestation of the Father and who lived the absolute will of the Father. What this means is that I take the name – the strong tower – with me wherever I go. It’s not some distant place I need to scurry to when the going gets tough. My strong tower is right there with me, immediately accessible and instantly effective. It’s less a matter of ‘running in’ than it is of ‘closing the gates.’
I travel the length and breadth of southern Africa for work. I often find myself in remote others that others would think twice about visiting alone. As a result, this has become a powerful truth for me. As I head off into the back of beyond, I know that my strong tower is with me always because I carry God’s name. It affirms my relationship and the intimacy with Him that His grace affords. Also, it provides a sense of security and confidence that nothing else can offer. His name is all I need.
Living in our strong tower is a gift of grace.
It’s a harsh reality that this world throws all kinds of evil at us. We may not escape physical suffering or even death. But we have the assurance that every moment of our lives is in the hand of the almighty God of the universe, and every second is measured and complete in Him. If we look at the lives of Jesus and the apostles, and of so many persecuted believers in the world today, we must accept that we may be called upon to yield our lives.
But our strong tower is the kind that enabled Stephen to see heaven. It provides the grace for daily living, the mercy and compassion that draws us nearer to God, and the courage and strength to face the unknown with the absolute faith that, no matter what, our destiny is always close to the heart of God where we will be for eternity.
We thank You for the power of Your name, Lord, and for the assurance that Your strong tower is one that will never fail and never fall. Thank You for the grace that it is always with us, a secure place close to Your heart, an eternal truth that sustains and protects us as we journey towards eternity with You.