“The LORD is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble,
And He knows those who take refuge in Him.”
A refuge, by itself, is a place that offers sanctuary and safety. It is a figurative expression in Scripture describing God as our security. He offers us a place that we can retreat to for peace, quiet, and renewal.
Further, He is our stronghold.
A form of a refuge, a stronghold is a fortress. When we retreat to our stronghold, we go to this one true God:
He Is Battle-Ready
In David’s war days, He and His enemies had strongholds. These fortresses were the places they would all run to when the battle became thick. There, weapons and rations were stashed. Strongholds are battle-ready. When enemies attack, regardless of how ruthlessly, a stronghold is a safe place to go and continue the battle.
Our stronghold, our God, is just as battle-ready. And He is the victory.
He Has the Provisions for a Seige
Holding out in a fortress during battle does not work out so well if the stronghold is empty. We need provisions as we wait out the siege. Sustenance, nourishment, company…hope.
The Lord provides all that we need- even when we’re preserving through a ruthless attack. Even when we’re waiting out hardship.
He Is Our Defense
More than a place, a stronghold was a strategy: a defense. Strong and made with solid material like rock, fortresses are designed to keep trouble out. The strongholds we read about in the Bible, especially those that guarded David, were no exception.
Our stronghold is big enough and strong enough to be a living shield. Though at times oppressed and attacked, those who take refuge in the stronghold their God will be delivered.
He is our strong-hold: the strong one holding us in times of trouble and battle.
“He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me.”
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