“The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.” Proverbs 18:10
A tower is a structure that is taller than it is wide. It can stand among buildings and gain strength from the buildings but many times it stands alone and its strength is built upon itself. It is self-supporting. A tower can be used for many things, to improve visibility of an object because it stands taller than the rest of the objects surrounding it, such as a clock tower. Or it can be used to improve visibility of surrounding areas. A tower built in conjunction with a castle or a fort would be used to watch out for oncoming enemy attack. A fire tower is built in the midst of a forest to watch for fire or smoke. The two characteristics of a tower that mean something to us here are 1. It is strong and can stand alone and withstand strong winds and the elements around it and 2. It stands far above the rest.
So what does this verse mean when it says “the name of the Lord is a strong tower”? The name of the Lord is strong, it stands alone, it has power, it provides a place of refuge. It should be our first line of defense. We should be finding refuge in the tower. If we are in close fellowship with the Lord, with our strong tower then we are putting on our armor and we are standing strong against enemy attacks before they come. However, the thing also about our strong tower is that it is also a place of refuge we can run to when we get out from under it. How many times have I found myself out of God’s will and left vulnerable to the enemy’s attacks on me? More than I like to recount. The thing about God is that I can run home to Him when I have wandered away. He is like a strong tower and when I turn myself back to righteousness (right living), I can run to Him and I am safe. I may still have consequences to the wandering, more than likely I will. But whatever comes my way will be sifted through His strong and mighty hands and I can be safe in His tower of strength. I like it better when I am staying in His will, in the refuge of his strength, but I am so grateful that even when I wander, all I have to do is look around and I can see Him above all of my circumstances, He is my strong tower and I will run to Him to be safe.