He is my Fortress
Psalm 62:1-8 (NIV)
1 Truly my soul finds rest in God;
my salvation comes from him.
2 Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.
3 How long will you assault me?
Would all of you throw me down—
this leaning wall, this tottering fence?
4 Surely they intend to topple me
from my lofty place;
they take delight in lies.
With their mouths they bless,
but in their hearts they curse.
5 Yes, my soul, find rest in God;
my hope comes from him.
6 Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
7 My salvation and my honor depend on God;
he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
8 Trust in him at all times, you people;
pour out your hearts to him,
for God is our refuge.
David’s psalm reveals how much he relies on God and calls him his rock, his salvation, his fortress. When I think of a fortress, it should be built to protect the inhabitants inside. When trouble comes and the enemy is attacking, we need to go back inside our fortress for protection. It’s not good enough to try to defend yourself against your enemies with your pitch fork or a few sticks. This is where we need God to work powerfully in all circumstances.
The Lord expects his people to trust in him at all times. When Jesus was on earth, he was amazed at the unbelief and the lack of faith that people had in him and in God. When we were young children and felt in danger, we ran back to our parents seeking out protection. The same is for me as I do need to run back to God for protection in his shelter from the storms of life. In order for me to do this, I do need to stop pretending that I can fight it alone and rely on my own strength.