Proverbs 18:10 (NIV)
The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.
Proverbs 18:10 (MSG)
God’s name is a place of protection—good people can run there and be safe.
“The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the [consistently] righteous man [upright and in right standing with God] runs into it and is safe, high [above evil] and strong.” -AMPLIFIED
“God is like a strong castle. Good men are safe, when they trust in God.” -Easy English Version
Names can carry symbolic implications for us; in fact, many of us have been told that our parents chose our name of a significant reason. It may have been a family name, a name that they particularly liked or a name that had a good meaning to it.
God, also, has specific names that have been given Him; not only to identify Him, but also for the fact that they identify certain attributes of His character. His names reveal His true character and nature; making it easier for us to identify who He truly is for us. When we are in certain situations we can call out to our Good Shepherd, our King, our Creator, the Almighty One or the Faithful One.
We see in our text that Solomon identifies with the fact that the Name of the Lord is like a strong tower. To anyone living in that time the value and point of this statement could easily be identified. Every person would understand the need for the fortified tower in their city, town or village; which was made available to run to in case of attack or disaster. It was a place of safety that one went to when enemies besieged; a place of safety.
“God’s name is like a fort that provides protection for the believer… we will discover that Jehovah Rophe can bring healing, thus turning bitter experiences into sweet. We will find that Jehovah Nissi is a banner of protection that can give us spiritual victory. We will discover that Jehovah Jireh is a God of infinite provision who can meet every need of our lives. As we grow to understand he very nature and character of God we will find ourselves running to His name to find safety and strength. His name is like a strong tower! God’s name stands for the manifestation of His presence in His revelation and His relation to His people.” Kenneth Hemphill (The Names of God)
Notice something though, Solomon points out that the righteous “RUN” to the tower and there they are safe. They run, they do not walk, they do not stroll, they do not take a leisurely excursion through the garden; they run! When the enemy is fast approaching there is a need to quickly run to safety; there is to be no hesitation. Too often though, we find Christians fraternizing with the very ones that they should be running from; running to their STRONG TOWER.
“You know, if we want somebody to help us, we put our hand to our brow, and consider, “Let us see, where shall we go? I am in great straits, to whom shall I fly? Who will be the best friend to me?” The righteous never ask that question, at least when they are in a right mind they never do; but the moment their trouble comes they run at once to their God, for they feel that they have full permission to repair to him; and again they feel they have nowhere else to fly. “To whom, or whither should I go, if I could turn from thee,” is a question which is its own answer.” -Charles Spurgeon
Let us remember, God is always available for us to run to in our time of need. He is our everything; He identifies Himself as the GREAT “I AM”! The righteous run to Him and they are safe!
Lord, you are indeed everything that your Names say that you are; including, but not limited to my strong tower. Lord, I am so thankful that you are always available for me to run to; especially when the Enemy comes in like a flood. God, you are my strength, my shelter and my protector; thank you. You are my Deliverer and I will trust in you; even when it appears that the Enemy has the upper hand. I know in the end You will be victorious and You will put Him in the pit; never to torment your children ever again. Hallelujah!