Our Fortress

In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion.  Deliver me in thy righteousness, and cause me to escape: incline thine ear unto me, and save me.  Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou art my rock and my fortress.  Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man.

Psalm 71:1-4

In many places in the Bible, the Christian life is spoken of in terms of warfare.  We are at war with the devil, with the world’s system, and (most of the time) with ourselves.  In this Psalm, David is war both literally and figuratively.  He is afraid of unrighteous and cruel man and needs deliverance.  In these verses, he shows us how to get that deliverance.

He refers to the Lord as “my strong habitation,” ” my rock,” and “my fortress.”  God is all of those thing to us too.

He is our strong habitation and our fortress.  The enemy is not going to be able to reach us as long as we are close to Him.  We can hide and rest in Him.  He will comfort us and protect us from whatever foe may be approaching us.  When an enemy attacks, the safest place to be is in the fortress.

We need to continually run to the fortress; to our strong habitation.  When we wander away from the Lord, we are susceptible to an enemy attack.  The further from Him we wander, the more likely are to be attacked and destroyed.  The closer we stay to Him, the more safe and secure we will be.

Are we hiding in the fortress today or are we wandering around the wilderness, a prime target for the devil?

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