The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous runs into it and is safe. Proverbs 18:10 NASB
During the night season this verse of Scripture was flowing through my mind as a gentle river of truth. The name of the Lord is my tower: my place of safety in the time of trouble. This is the only place in Proverbs where the phase “the name of the LORD” is used.
The name of the Lord is strong and a place of safety. The word for Lord used here is Jehovah, “the existing One” – the proper name of the one true supreme God among the Hebrews. It implies faithfulness, power, mercy, and wisdom, the unseen security on which the righteous depend (Psalm 27:4-6).
There is security in the Lord’s name. The Lord is fully able to protect those who trust in Him. The first part of the verse establishes the truth, and the second focuses on the trust of the righteous. The metaphor of “strong tower” sets up the image of the second clause; “run” describes wholehearted trust in God’s protection and “safe” (a military term) stresses the outcome of trusting God. This unseen security is contrasted to verse 11: A rich man’s wealth is his strong city, and like a high wall in his own imagination.
These are two opposing imagery of security. For those who are rich in worldly possessions, picturing their wealth as their strongest defense, they are sadly mistaken. Money cannot provide safety; there are too many ways for it to lose its power. But God never loses His power. He is always absolutely dependable.
Where do you look for security and safety? When trouble rises where do you flee (run)? How do you react at the first sign of hardship? Please accept this fact, at some point in our life trouble will come to each of us. It may be the loss of health, a loved one, a job, a marriage, a valued relationship, a sharp decline in the stock market or the value of earthly possessions may crumble and become worthless. Contrast the fortified tower with the imagined refuge of wealth. The name of the Lord signifies His attributes, nature and character.
The teachings of Jesus did not express comfort in this life contrary to the teachings of some modern preachers of an American brand of Christianity that reduces God to a means to our ends. He asked his disciples if they were going to leave Him as many left after hearing his message that the kingdom of God is not a feel-good society. As a result of this many of His disciples withdrew and were not walking with Him anymore. So Jesus said to the twelve, “You do not want to go away also, do you?” Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life. We have believed and have come to know that You are the Holy One of God.” John 6:66-69 NASB