God our Fortress

King David went through a lot of struggles in his life.  He wrote Psalm 59 during one of those times of deep struggle.  The introduction to Psalm 59 in our Bibles states that the psalm was written “when Saul ordered his house to be watched in order to kill him..”  Thus David writes, “Even now they lie in wait for my life; the mighty stir up strife against me” (verse 3).  Twice he writes, “Each evening they come back, howling like dogs and prowling about the city” (verses 6 & 14). 

How does a person hold up amidst such struggles?  Amidst such opposition?  Amidst such threats to one’s life?

What enabled David to get through this struggle was the conviction that God was a fortress surrounding him.  He concludes the psalm with these words: “But I will sing of your might; I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning.  For you have been a fortress for me and a refuge in the day of my distress.  O my strength, I will sing praises to you, for you, O God, are my fortress, the God who shows me steadfast love.”

David held tightly to the conviction that God was with him, that God was capable of handling his troubles, and that God was holding him securely.

I believe David knew in his heart what A.W. Tozer wrote centuries later, “An infinite God can give all of himself to each of his children.  He does not distribute himself that each may have a part, but to each one he gives all of himself as fully as if there were no others.” 

Annie Johnson Flint puts it this way:

               When we have exhausted our store of endurance, when our strength has failed ere the day is half done,

               When we reach the end of our hoarded resources, our Father’s full giving is only begun.

               His love has no limit; his grace has no measure; his power no boundary known unto men;

               For out of his infinite riches in Jesus he giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.

When troubles bombard us, may we seek refuge in the fortress that is our God.

One response to “God our Fortress”

  1. Therese Harper says :

    Beautiful Truth!!

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