Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised in the city of our God! His holy mountain, beautiful in elevation, is the joy of all the earth, Mount Zion, in the far north, the city of the great king. Within her citadels God has made himself known as a fortress (Psalm 48:1-2 ESV).
Castles and forts are built on hills, because they are harder to attack and overcome when they are higher in elevation. The psalmist thinks of Jerusalem and its walls and defenses. It is a picture of beauty and safety; for the psalmist, it is home and happiness because it is safe and secure. Jerusalem is his safe place, because God has made it so.
Martin Luther penned the song “A Mighty Fortress is Our God,” and that is exactly what God is to those who need protection. God is a refuge when we feel threatened by the forces of evil in our world. He is a comfort and a shield. It is like having a castle or a fort to hide in when there is an attack coming. Solomon writes in Proverbs 18:10, “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe” (ESV). When you call on God, you make Him your safe place.
Today, do not fret over any attack from the enemy. Turn to the Lord and trust his protection. Call his name and pray. Hide in the shadow of his strength and know that God is your refuge and fortress. When you feel discouraged, quote a verse of Scripture or sing some familiar hymn or song of praise. It will encourage you and remind you that you can hide in the fortress of God’s strength. Remember to read the Bible and to pray. “Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised!” God is your safe place.
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