a stronghold in times of trouble.
10 Those who know your name trust in you,
for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.
Strongholds have been used throughout history, often associated with war. Strongholds are fortified defensive structures or any position of strength and safety. Many wars have been won because the enemy could not break the stronghold defenses. If you have ever traveled, or seen pictures of Europe, you will find a lot of different types of castles. Castles were not built for looks, but were built for protection. Those who lived in the castles were usually of high rank of importance, such as the king. However castles were also built to protect the people of the town. It provided safety from enemies and protected the food supply. Without a stronghold enemies could wreak havoc upon a town.
King David was a great warrior and was gifted in battle. He understood the importance of having a stronghold and refuge. It was a place of safety, comfort and protection. Without a stronghold you are left exposed and vulnerable. David, the writer of this psalm expressed that his stronghold was not a building or structure, but his stronghold was the Lord. David found his strength and protection in God and it was there that he put his trust.
Do you ever feel beat up and defeated almost daily? I think everyone has felt this way at some point. There is only one hope against our enemy. It is Jesus Christ who is our fortress and stronghold. He not only keeps us safe from our enemies but provides us with shelter. Do you need a place of refuge today? Jesus, our stronghold is waiting for you. Saying, “come all you who are weary and burden.” Put your trust in JESUS and let him protect you from your time of trouble. Always remember a stronghold is of no use if you are standing outside its walls. Stop trying to do everything on your own. You are not alone, God is with you and waiting for you to enter his fortress of refuge. Won’t you come in?