A Mighty Fortress is Our God

By lan Warner


A Mighty Fortress is Our God. A fortress is defined as a stronghold. It shields and protects us, keeping us safe and secure. God is our mighty fortress. He is our protector and helper. He keeps us safe, secure, and far from anyone who wishes to harm us.

This is evident in Psalm 46:1-11. “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells.

God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts. The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Come and see what the Lord has done, the desolations he has brought on the earth.

He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire. He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.”

Indeed, God is our refuge and our strength. He is our helper and protector. He is our mighty fortress. We need Him in our lives. Without Him, we would be weak. God is timeless. He was, is, and will always be our fortress. Because of this, we will not fear. We will not be moved. We will not be anxious. Nothing will ever disturb our peace.

If you read the book of Isaiah, you will see in 26:3 that those who trust God will always be peaceful. The verse says, “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast because they trust in you.”

So, you see, it is only when we put all our faith in the Lord that we would be able to live in perfect peace.

God, being referred to as a fortress, was mentioned sixteen times in the Book of Psalms. This reference can be seen more in Psalms than in any other book in the Bible. The other times when God was referred to as a fortress can be seen in Isaiah, 2 Samuel, and Jeremiah. It can also be seen twice in Proverbs.

Isaiah 17:10 says, “You have forgotten God your Savior; you have not remembered the Rock, your fortress. Therefore, though you set out the finest plants and plant imported vines”. 2 Samuel 22:2 tells us, “He said: “The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer.”

In Jeremiah 16:19, we read, “Lord, my strength and my fortress, my refuge in time of distress, to you, the nations will come from the ends of the earth and say, “Our ancestors possessed nothing but false gods, worthless idols that did them no good.”

Likewise, in the Book of Proverbs, we see in 14:26, “Whoever fears the Lord has a secure fortress, and for their children, it will be a refuge.” Proverbs 18:10 says, “The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.”

 

God Is King David’s Fortress

A huge portion of the Book of Psalms was written by David. Here, he expressed his adoration, love, faith, and gratitude to the Lord. He praised God for his greatness and glory. He recognized Him as his mighty fortress.

Psalm 18:1-3, he says, “I love you, Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I have been saved from my enemies.”

In his writings, we see that David was not merely saying metaphors. Instead, he was actually seeking physical safety by praying to the Lord. Samuel anointed David as the new king of Israel. He defeated the giant Goliath using a sling and a stone when he was only fifteen years old.

During that time, however, Saul was still the king of Israel. He brought the boy into his court to play the harp. Over time, David became popular and friends with Jonathan, Saul’s son. He also eventually married Michal, Saul’s daughter. David became more and more popular, making Saul feel threatened. So, he set out to have David killed.

Fearing for his life, David fled to Judah. He hid among the rocks and in caves. Saul was powerful and influential because he was king. He nearly succeeded in finding and killing David on numerous occasions, but God was more powerful. He protected David, allowing him to escape each time Saul nearly caught him.

God was good to David. He saved him, and David went on to become king. David knew that it was God who helped him. He was very grateful to God for saving his life. This is evident in Psalm 35.

In Psalm 35:17-18, we read, “How long, Lord, will you look on? Rescue me from their ravages, my precious life from these lions. I will give you thanks in the great assembly; among the throngs, I will praise you.”

In Psalm 35:28, we read about David praising God all day. “My tongue will proclaim your righteousness, your praises all day long.”

 

God Alone Is Our Refuge

The truth of God being our mighty fortress is evident in the Scripture. We see in the books and verses that God is loving, protective, merciful, and powerful. He protects and saves those who are faithful to Him. He never leaves those who put all their trust in Him. God alone is our refuge and place of safety. He alone is our mighty fortress.

 

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