Key Text: Psalm 9 selected verses
The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of trouble.
Those who know your name trust in you,
for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.
Scripture speaks of strongholds in several ways.
There is the kind that we are to avoid, or if possible, tear down in our lives. They are the things that would take control of us, or draw us away from God.
Then there is THE stronghold – the One and Only One – the One in whom we can find true security.
That stronghold, of course, is God.
Think for a moment of all the things is life that
- Compete for our attention and devotion
- Threaten to become obsessions or compulsions or addictions
- Glitter like gold but, when closely examined are false idols
Those are the “high places” and “strongholds” that must be torn down in terms of our devotion to God.
Then, think for another moment, of how compared to God these things pale in significance.
Strongholds – the wrong kind – are everywhere.
The good news – so is God and His amazing grace – and once we cling to THAT stronghold – we won’t easily be shaken again.