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Monday, July 14th
Today's Daily Verse is found in Proverbs 18.10
"The name of the Lord is a strong fortress [tower]; the godly [righteous] run to him and are safe." - New Living Translation
Just like a lighthouse [tower] which protects those who live in it from all storms and seas - the Name of Jehovah is the same to us spiritually...
"Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus."
Let the enemy rage as he wishes - we are safe!
It is a valued component of our hearts to be able to sense a consciousness of danger. Even animals seek for a refuge "Conies - they aren’t powerful, but they make their homes among the rocks." Proverbs 30.26
To man, a strong tower is a vital part of the community...
2 Chronicles 14.7 "Asa told the people of Judah, “Let us build towns and fortify them with walls, towers, gates, and bars. The land is still ours because we sought the Lord our God, and he has given us peace on every side.” So they went ahead with these projects and brought them to completion.
2 Chronicles 26.9 "Uzziah built fortified towers in Jerusalem at the Corner Gate, at the Valley Gate, and at the angle in the wall."
Such is the Name of the Lord. What a tower provides physically, GOD does for us spiritually...
Look at this verse -
"Who is among you who [reverently] fears the Lord, who obeys the voice of His Servant, yet who walks in darkness and deep trouble and has no shining splendor [in his heart]? Let him rely on, trust in, and be confident in the name of the Lord, and let him lean upon and be supported by his God." AMP Version
Psalms 9.10 "And they who know Your name [who have experience and acquaintance with Your mercy] will lean on and
confidently put their trust in You, for You, Lord, have not forsaken
those who seek (inquire of and for) You [on the authority of God’s Word
and the right of their necessity]." AMP version
"Then Abimelech attacked the town of Thebez and captured it.
51 But there was a strong tower inside the town, and all the men and women—the entire population—fled to it. They barricaded themselves in and climbed up to the roof of the tower.
52 Abimelech followed them to attack the tower. But as he prepared to set fire to the entrance,
53 a woman on the roof dropped a millstone that landed on Abimelech’s head and crushed his skull.
54 He quickly said to his young armor bearer, “Draw your sword and kill me! Don’t let it be said that a woman killed Abimelech!” So the young man ran him through with his sword, and he died.
55 When Abimelech’s men saw that he was dead, they disbanded and returned to their homes.
56 In this way, God punished Abimelech for the evil he had done against his father by murdering his seventy brothers.
57 God also punished the men of Shechem for all their evil. So the curse of Jotham son of Gideon was fulfilled.
Within these walls, who of us needs to fear the sharpest or swiftest dart that may be shot against us?
We realize our security from external trouble...
"The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you. He drives out the enemy before you; he cries out, ‘Destroy them!’
28 So Israel will live in safety, prosperous Jacob in security, in a land of grain and new wine, while the heavens drop down dew.
29 How blessed you are, O Israel! Who else is like you, a people saved by the Lord? He is your protecting shield and your triumphant sword! Your enemies will cringe before you, and you will stomp on their backs!”
"for you are my safe refuge, a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me."
Genesis 32.11 "O Lord, please rescue me from the hand of my brother, Esau. I am afraid that he is coming to attack me, along with my wives and children."
vs.28 "“Your name will no longer be Jacob,” the man told him. “From now on you will be called Israel, because you have fought with God and with men and have won.”
v29 "“Please tell me your name,” Jacob said.
“Why do you want to know my name?” the man replied. Then he blessed Jacob there.
2 Chronicles 20.12
"O our God, won’t you stop them? We are powerless against this mighty army that is about to attack us. We do not know what to do, but we are looking to you for help.”
2 Kings 19.14-19
"After Hezekiah received the letter from the messengers and read it, he went up to the Lord’s Temple and spread it out before the Lord. 15 And Hezekiah prayed this prayer before the Lord: “O Lord, God of Israel, you are enthroned between the mighty cherubim! You alone are God of all the kingdoms of the earth. You alone created the heavens and the earth. 16 Bend down, O Lord, and listen! Open your eyes, O Lord, and see! Listen to Sennacherib’s words of defiance against the living God.
17 “It is true, Lord, that the kings of Assyria have destroyed all these nations. 18 And they have thrown the gods of these nations into the fire and burned them. But of course the Assyrians could destroy them! They were not gods at all—only idols of wood and stone shaped by human hands. 19 Now, O Lord our God, rescue us from his power; then all the kingdoms of the earth will know that you alone, O Lord, are God.”
Remember, that only the "righteous" are found in the tower...
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