Tower of Power
Lord, You whisper to me through the stillness and You also shout to me in the storm. I wait to hear from You now.
Read PSALM 61:1-8
 For the director of music. With stringed instruments. Of David.
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
“When there is a storm without, [God] will make peace within. The world can create trouble in peace, but God can create peace in trouble” (Anonymous).
Where do you run to when times are hard? The psalmist here uses an image that would have power for every primitive culture: that of a tower of refuge, a place to run to when under attack (3). The picture is of safety, shelter, escape. This is not the building you live in or work in, it is the place you hurry to in the most urgent of circumstances. It is always available to you, ready for the day of need. At the heart of this image is the notion of the faithfulness of God. God is always there when needed, ready to receive us when we turn to him for shelter. Even if there are days when we barely acknowledge the presence of God, when we need him he is there. Personal security rooted in the faithful character of God is one of the hallmarks of Hebrew faith. No wonder the psalmist prays that the life of the king might be marked by the love and the faithfulness of God.
The Bible offers no illusions of a trouble-free life, but it describes a relationship with a personal God who is present with us when troubles come. There is a deep wisdom in this approach. To expect never to be attacked is naive and, worse still, foolish, especially if it leads to our being unprepared for life’s difficulties. To know where to run to when life’s inevitable storms hit, however, is wisdom, pure and simple. Have you learned how to turn to God, your strong tower, when the smooth waters of your life are whipped into a raging tempest? That was the wisdom of the ancient Hebrews and our Christian forebears. May it be our wisdom, too.
Are you dealing with trouble, worry, fear or temptation? Turn to the One who is your sure protector. Let him give security in the face of the storm.
Lord, I do not pray to remove me from the storm, or the storm from me. I do pray You will shelter me in Your storm-breaking, peaceful presence.
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