Monday, December 10, 2007

The Lord is my Fortress - by Jack

I've been reading through the Psalms for the past month. One of the recurring themes that I've been meditating on and praying about is this idea that the Lord is our fortress. David says it over and over again throughout the Psalms, perhaps most clearly in Psalm 18:2...

"The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold."

What does it mean when we say that God is our fortress? What are the implications of this for our lives?

#1. We are under attack and we NEED a fortress.

Why would the Lord allow himself to be called our fortress if we had no need for a fortress? Whether we feel it or not, on good days and bad, we are under assault from an enemy who seeks to steal, kill, and destroy. We are on the front lines of an epic, universal struggle and we are taking a barrage of fire. Satan knows our weaknesses better than we do and he seeks to exploit them everyday of our lives.

#2. A fortress does us little good if we do not USE it.

In order for the fortress to protect us from the enemy's assault, we have to ENTER in to the fortress. We must be seeking refuge in God every day, every hour, every moment. We must orient our lives around Him and He will give us shelter and allow us to live the abundant life that Satan wishes to steal from us.

#3. The fortress does the work FOR us.

When we are outside the fortress and the enemy is raining flaming arrows on us (think Braveheart), we have to use our own shield and our own power. Once we step inside the fortress, however, we trust the fortress' huge walls to protect us. We take refuge. We take rest. We stop trying to defend ourselves with our own power and we rely on the massive strength of the fortress. This is exactly what God is calling us to do. When the enemy's arrows come, we must not spend all of our energy flailing about with our own little shields. We must press in to the Lord and seek His shelter.

Psalm 62:6 He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken.


The Harrigan Family said...

thank you and amen! my husband particularly enjoyed the reference to braveheart. . .


Nora said...

Thanks Jack!! Hits home with my day! Appreciate you letting me steal your wife away for a few hours...way to cover in her absence!!

The Quinns said...

I'm still learning how to be organized as I blog. Thanks for your ability to preach and teach at the same time. Great stuff. Bless y'all.