God, Our Stronghold and Refuge

One of the most impressive architectural feats in history is the Great Wall of China. With all of its branches, this wall spans 21,196 miles. Parts of the wall were built in the 7th century BC and throughout the years, the Great Wall has been rebuilt, maintained, and enhanced. The majority of the existing wall was built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 AD). The Great Wall, which was built with stone, brick, tamped earth, and other materials, was built as a fortification to protect China against the attacks of various nomadic groups. It was a stronghold in which the Chinese people could put their trust.

For the believer, there is a stronghold in which we can put our trust. It is not a stronghold of stone, or brick, or tamped earth, but it is a stronghold that can protect like no other. Psalm 9:9 refers to this stronghold as a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold that they can run to in times of trouble. The stronghold is the Lord. The Hebrew word translated as stronghold in this verse is misgav, which describes high walls or a rocky fortress. The Lord is a high wall, a rocky fortress, and in Him we are protected from our enemy.

When we dwell in the shelter of the Most High God, we abide in His shadow (Psalm 91:1). In that place, we are covered and protected in the same way that a baby chick is protected when it is covered by the wings of its mother. When abide in the Lord’s shadow, we are able to call Him our refuge and our fortress, and our God, a God we can trust (Psalm 91:2). When the Lord is our dwelling place, we are living in continual dependence on Him. When He is our refuge, no evil can conquer us (Psalm 91:10). God, our stronghold, will keep us from evil in our lives and lead us on the path of righteousness.

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