I will love thee, O LORD, my strength. 2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. 3 I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies. (sic)
Psalms 18:1-3 (KJV)
Sun Tzu, the great military leader once said: Invincibility lies in the defense.
In a military scenario it is from the defense that confidence in the attack comes from. This is easier said than done.
Our mettle is not determined until we are under the attack. It is only then that much of who we are will come to the surface. It is only after the attack that our greatest strength lives.
The Hebrew word used for fortress in the above scripture is mesuda. Its definition is a net, or (abstract) capture; also a fastness: – castle, defense, fort (-ress), (strong) hold, be hunted, net, snare, strong place.
It is a powerful word picture that conveys a magnificent strength that defies words. When under attack from the pressures and animosities that are involved in today’s modern, complex situations, it is the word picture that Mesuda conveys that can help us overcome the adversities that threaten our very existence.
The Hebrew word that is used for rock in the above scripture is sela. Its meaning comes from an unused root meaning to be lofty; a craggy rock, (a fortress) :- (ragged) rock, stone (-ny), strong hold.
Fortified inside our secret strong hold we can find peace. When the hurt and pain of this world’s offences cannot penetrate our defenses, when we can lie down and sleep at night and know that nothing is going to break through our ramparts and harm us, then we are able to rest peacefully in our stronghold and work toward the recovery of our potency.
In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple… 7 Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken… (sic)
Psalms 18:6-7 (KJV)
The suffering, agony, misery and sorrow that confront us regularly in this earthly existence can cause even the strongest of us to look up toward heaven and cry out to God. The word of the Lord enlightens us to look up and witness our redemption as we pass through our earthly battles. As we look upward, we observe the world from the humility of our desperation.
Threatened and encompassed on every side, facing the extinction of our faith, fighting for the survival of our souls, let it be through the weakest parts of our spirit that we cause the earth to shake and tremble and be moved to the foundations of the hills. When we shake and move the earth, let us consider in our spiritual depths to move the earth to the place of our finest hour, to an extraordinary place formed by the hands of God, to a place called Eden.
It is in Eden, the place of my stronghold and high tower, where God can hear my voice. It is in Eden where I feel most safe and can shake the earth with the fury of my childlike wonder.