Psalm 61:1-3 (NIV) “Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe.”
When I think about a strong tower, I am reminded of a fortress. One definition of the word 'fortress' found in the dictionary says, “a place or source of refuge or support”. In Medieval times, regions of land were ruled by a king and that king lived in a castle. The castle was usually surrounded by something that formed a barrier, like a body of water (moat) or a thick wall. The castle had towers that were high and strong, built both for the ability to see a far distance and to be high above the battle. It would provide protection from flying arrows that could not reach that high. This is the type of structure the Psalmist compares God with. He calls Him a rock that is higher than he was.
II Samuel 22:4 (NASB) “The Lord lives, and blessed be my rock; And exalted be God, the rock of my salvation.” Psalm 62:1-2 (NIV) “My soul finds rest in God alone, my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.”
We should be reminded that it’s not only when trouble shakes us that God is that strong tower for us, but also when we fail. Both are brought on by an enemy. Sin entered this world through Satan when he led man into disobeying God. Man hid from God because of his failure. But he should have run to Him instead, because God was the only one who could remedy what he had done. It’s kind of like a child that has broken a beautiful vase. That child hides the vase and tries to repair it, to no avail. When the parent discovers the deed, the situation is now worse because of the lies and secrecy the child has done. The parent is the one who can either repair or replace the vase and give the child discipline so that he will take more thought and care in the future, possibly preventing something worse from happening. When Adam and Eve tried to repair their situation, they wove clothing made from fig leaves to cover them. Have you ever taken a fig leaf and rubbed it on your skin? Not very comfortable! When they finally gave their deed to God, He made clothing for them from animal skins. Fur must have felt much better than fig leaves!
We so need to run to God and dwell in Him, whether our trouble comes from an attack from the outside or from the enemy leading us to a failure on the inside, God is the rock that is higher. He is the place where we can find rest for our souls and food for our spirit. He is a strong tower where we can hide from the flying arrows that are aimed at taking us out of the battle. Run to the strong tower and find safety, comfort, mercy and grace.