A Season of Psalms - Psalm 59:14-16
“Each evening they come back, howling like dogs and prowling around the city. They wander about for food and growl if they do not get their fill. But I will sing of your strength; I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning. For you have been a fortress and a refuge in the day of my distress.”
English Standard Version (ESV)
In a recent survey of the 20 most-renowned fortresses in the world, the Tower of London ranked fourth. During its heyday in the 16th-17th centuries, being “sent to the tower” was enough to strike fear into the heart of any medieval Englishman. Not only was it a grand palace and royal residence, but it was also home to a torture chamber and prison for the religious and political undesirables. Now a tourist attraction, it’s claimed that the ghost of Anne Boleyn still haunts the tower, carrying her head under her arm (remember, her husband Henry VIII accused her of adultery and summarily had her head removed).
At the time of Psalm 59, David didn’t have a palace and royal residence. His Strong Tower was the Lord Almighty. The setting for this psalm harkens back to 1 Samuel 11-17 when David escapes the murderous rage of King Saul. Saul sends soldiers to David’s house to bring him back to the palace, but his wife Michal helps him escape. The soldiers repeatedly “come back, howling like dogs and prowling about the city (looking for David). They wander about for food (apprehending David) and growl if they do not get their fill.” Despite running for his life, David found needed strength through his relationships with Michal and Jonathan, endurance and faithful deliverance through his impenetrable fortress, the Lord Almighty.
Is He your Strong Tower, your Fortress when you’re weak? Here’s what I know: never will He leave us, never will He forsake us. He’s our Shield and Defender, the Ancient of Days, surrounding and protecting you with His strong arm and unfailing love. He won’t fail you. The Lord is on our side. Have faith, He will prevail!
Further Reading: Exodus 14: 26-31; Ephesians 2:1-7
Pray with me:
Rock of Ages, cleft for me, let me hide myself in Thee. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.