The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.
When you are afraid, what kind of a tower do you want for protection and safety? The LORD is a strong tower in fearful times. You can run into it and be safe, whenever you need it. Nothing can breach it. His name is the LORD, and there is no other place for such protection from danger. Lay hold of this proverb by faith; it will save your life.
It is not merely the LORD’s name that is a strong tower, for His name has no magical properties for wicked men. It is the God by Whose name men know Him that is meant. It is the LORD Himself, with all His glorious attributes and perfections, that is meant. He is the living and true God, Creator of heaven and earth, Father of the fatherless, and Judge of the widow. Yes, it is that God. His name is the LORD. Do you know Him well?
What is His name? What is that LORD with all capital letters? Is it a quaint anachronism of the King James translators? Ah, consider this carefully, you who love the LORD. Those four capital letters stand for the sacred tetragrammaton of Israel. God revealed Himself to Moses as I AM THAT I AM. The Jews regarded this name unspeakable. They wrote it as a tetragram of four consonants, JHVH. It is pointed up with vowels from other Hebrew names of God, Elohim and Adonai, to be written and pronounced as Jehovah! The capitalized LORD means Jehovah, which is the God named I AM THAT I AM.
Is this God a strong tower? There is no other God but Him! The gods of the nations are the devilish imaginations of ignorant pagans. They are stumps, stones, animals, and insects. They must be carried about from place to place. Jehovah ridicules them repeatedly in the Bible, and He considers those who worship them to be just as stupid.
How strong is the tower? Trust ye in the LORD forever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength (Is 26:3-4)! Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob knew Him as the Almighty God, but He revealed Himself further to Moses (Ex 6:3). Hagar named Him, “Thou God seest me” (Gen 16:13). “A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation” (Ps 68:5). None have ever been lost who put their trust in Him!
Let David be your example. Call upon the LORD in your troubles, and let Him rescue you (Ps 18:1-6). He was David’s rock, fortress, deliverer, God, strength, buckler, horn, and high tower (Ps 18:2). David said, “I will love thee, O LORD, my strength” (Ps 18:1).
He rescues the righteous like this: “Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth. There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it. He bowed the heavens also, and came down: and darkness was under his feet. And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: yea, he did fly upon the wings of the wind. He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies” (Ps 18:7-11). Do you know this glorious God? Do you delight and trust in Him?
Do you think Allah can do such things? Or the Great Spirit of American Indians? Or the sacred dog of the Egyptians? Or the water bug from heaven of the Ethiopians? Or the sun, moon, or stars, which many have adored? There is only one living and true God – Jehovah. You should know Him. He has made you for Himself (Pr 16:4). Worship Him.
If you do not like making fun of the ridiculous false gods of the heathen, then either you need to read the Bible or find a new religion, for Jehovah takes pleasure in ridiculing the pitiful pretenders of pagan religion. None compare to Him! Check out I Kgs 18:27; Psalm 115:1-8; 135:15-18; Isaiah 40:18-20; 44:9-20; 46:1-9; Jer 10:1-5; and Hab 2:18-20.
“Woe unto him that saith to the wood, Awake; to the dumb stone, Arise, it shall teach! Behold, it is laid over with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in the midst of it. But the LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him.”
Having tired of manmade idols of wood and stone, the world’s pagans have outdone themselves with new inventions. The Muslims worship Allah, the moon god of the Arabians (note the crescent moon on top of every mosque). The Hindus have narrowed down their million gods to the unholy trinity of Shiva (destroyer), Brahma (creator), and Vishnu (preserver). None of these can be compared to God the LORD at all.
Rejecting the ridiculous pagan deities of the Muslims and Hindus, the Russian Communists worshipped an ignorant skinny man named Vladimir Lenin, and the Chinese Communists worshipped an ignorant fat man named Mao Tse Tung. The devils know all these imposters from Allah to Mao, and they laugh all the way to hell about them.
But there is one Man the devils fear more than all gods, angels, and men combined. And it is not Joseph Smith, Muhammed, or Pope Francis I. It is the Man Jesus of Nazareth. When He was on earth in a state of great humility, they ran and worshipped Him repeatedly, and they begged Him not to torment them before their appointed time of judgment. Now exalted at the right hand of God, He is far above all of them, preparing to use them as a footstool and consign them to an eternity in hell.
Nor do real Christians stoop to Babylonian and Roman superstition and pray to Mary. She is neither a tower nor strong. She could not even help herself. Mary needed a Saviour as much as any woman, as she told her cousin Elizabeth (Lu 1:46-49). She knew she was a lowly handmaiden and the object of blessing, not a giver of blessings. Jesus said His mother was no more important than any believer in God (Luke 11:27-28; Matt 12:46-50).
Nor do real Christians pray to saints, for they are dead and buried to this day. They cannot help. They are no tower of safety. They died because they were sinners under God’s curse. Forget their names. The Catholics invent them as fast and frivolously as the Hindus invent new gods. The names of both are worthless. Mother Theresa? She could not climb 20 feet of rope, if her life depended on it. Call on the LORD!
Your parents, pastor, pope, or priest are no better. They cannot help you. They need a strong tower as much or more than you. There is only one name by which any man must be saved; there is only one name that is above every name; there is only one name that is a strong tower. It is the name of Jesus, before which every knee shall bow (Phil 2:9-11).
When a Christian closes his prayers to God “in Jesus name,” he invokes the highest name in the universe (Phil 2:9-11). For you are using the name that means the LORD Jehovah is salvation (Matt 1:21). Now that is a strong tower! You will be safe in it!
Let it be known forever that Jesus of Nazareth, the Messiah of Israel, the Christ of God, is Jehovah Himself, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, the Blessed and Only Potentate, Immanuel, the Word of God! He is LORD, and He is Lord of all!
Dear Christian reader, you know the LORD. He is your strong tower. He will save you from any and every danger. “Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah” (Ps 62:8). “The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them” (Ps 34:7).
Run to Him! There is no help anywhere else. Run to Him by prayer. Run to Him believing. Run to Him in faith. Run to Him now! He will deliver you from all your enemies and troubles in this life and life in the world to come. Run to Him, ye righteous!
But do not run to Him with unconfessed sin, for He will turn you away (Pr 15:8,29; 28:9; Ps 66:18; Is 1:15; Jas 4:3). God is not mocked by such profane prayers or worship; if you have rejected His warnings, He will laugh at your calamity (Pr 1:20-32). He is holy.
No matter what your fears or troubles, in time or eternity, the LORD is your strong tower, and He will save you. “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). “And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death” (Rev 1:17-18).
“And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS” (Rev 19:11-16).
“If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you” (I Cor 16:22-23).