We were at Glendalough today. We had some of St Kevin’s Coffee, walked past God’s Cottage to the boardwalk around the lower lake & gazed up past the tree line to the Spinc where we walked last time.
But the sight I love best at Glendalough is the Round Tower- built in the Middle Ages & still standing tall!
This tower & others like it remind me of the verse in Proverbs:
‘The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.’
(Proverbs 18:10 NIV)
He is the Tower we can run to when life hurts as these verses remind us:
*’GOD is bedrock under my feet, the castle in which I live, my rescuing knight. My God—the high crag where I run for dear life, hiding behind the boulders, safe in the granite hideout; My mountaintop refuge, he saves me from ruthless men.’
(2 Samuel 22:2-3 MSG)
*’For God alone my soul waits in silence; From Him comes my salvation. He alone is my rock and my salvation, My defense and my strong tower; I will not be shaken or disheartened.
Trust [confidently] in Him at all times, O people; Pour out your heart before Him. God is a refuge for us. Selah.’
(PSALM 62:1-2,8 AMP)
*’God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.’
(Psalm 46:1 NIV)
*’The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him’
(Nahum 1:7 NIV)
If you read the verse from Proverbs again, it’s the NAME of our God that is the strong Tower to run to.
‘Your Name is a strong and mighty tower
Your Name is a shelter like no other’
Years ago when the kids were younger, life was more balanced & & work was contained,friends & I gathered round the book ‘Lord I want to know you’ by Kay Arthur .It was a devotional study on the names of our God- Jehovah, Yahweh,the great unchangeable I AM. I still feel encouraged when I think back to the deep truths of God together:
Jehovah Jireh (Gen 22:8)The Lord who provides- all that we need
Jehovah Tsidkenu (Jer 23:6)-The Lord our Righteousness – who cleanses our sin- our deepest need of all
Jehovah Nissi (Ex 17:15)- The Lord is my banner- my leader & protector in battle
Jehovah Raah (Psalm 23) – The Lord is my Shepherd -who leads us through life
Jehovah Rapha (Gen 20:17)- The Lord who heals-& restores
Jehovah Shalom (Judges 6:24)-The Lord is peace -in stormy times
Jehovah Mekoddishkem (Exodus 19:6)-The Lord who sanctifies you – & cleanses our sin
Jehovah Shammah (Ezekiel 48:35)- The Lord is there – at all times
He is there. Always there when we need Him. Our invisible Tower of refuge , whether we recognise Him or not.
He is there, even when life seems too dark to see the Tower:
‘Let the one who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the LORD and rely on their God.’
(Isaiah 50:10 NIV)
We can rely on Him for He has said:
“Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you.
I’ve called your name. You’re mine.
When you’re in over your head,
I’ll be there with you.
When you’re in rough waters,
you will not go down.
When you’re between a rock and a hard place, it won’t be a dead end-
Because I am GOD, your personal God, The Holy of Israel, your Savior. ”
(Isaiah 43:1-3 MSG)
When we are tired & weary, we must keep running toward the Tower.
We can run to the Tower, & know this truth:
‘You are my strength; I wait for you to rescue me, for you, O God, are my fortress.
But as for me, I will sing about your power. Each morning I will sing with joy about your unfailing love. For you have been my refuge, a place of safety when I am in distress. O my Strength, to you I sing praises, for you, O God, are my refuge, the God who shows me unfailing love.’
(Psalms 59:9, 16-17 NLT)
We can run to the Tower & cry from our heart:
‘Hear my cry, O God; Listen to my prayer. From the end of the earth I call to You, when my heart is overwhelmed and weak; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I [a rock that is too high to reach without Your help]. For You have been a shelter and a refuge for me, A strong tower against the enemy. Let me dwell in Your tent forever; Let me take refuge in the shelter of Your wings. Selah.’
(PSALM 61:1-4 AMP)
Pray, in the words of that ancient Irish hymn:
‘Be Thou my battle Shield, Sword for the fight;
Be Thou my Dignity, Thou my Delight;
Thou my soul’s Shelter, Thou my high Tow’r:
Raise Thou me heav’nward, O Pow’r of my pow’r.’