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May 20 Devotion: Looking Towards the Tower

Psalms 18:2 “The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.”

David nearly said it all in this single verse of Psalm 18. Blessed, indeed, is the man that gives himself completely to God. There’s simply too much in this verse to unpack in a single devotion (or maybe a month of devotions). That being said, I want to direct your attention to the final part of this verse.

Several times throughout the book of Psalms you will find the psalmist praising the Lord by using the metaphor of God being his “high tower.” Needless to say, this comparison has been extrapolated in modern times to mean that the psalmist is praising God for acting as his “watchtower;” however, the significance of David claiming the Lord as his high tower has much more significance than a mere watchtower.

As an example, in Jerusalem to this day you’ll find a structure named “David’s Tower” (this tower is most likely a different structure built by King Hezekiah and not the tower mentioned in Solomon in Song of Solomon 4:4). This tower stands high atop a citadel, which housed all the army’s armaments, within the walled interior of the city. Towers of David’s day were not auxiliary buildings or outposts along the perimeter of a city, which is why these towers were built to such a height that they could be seen from anywhere outside the city’s walls. In the event of danger, the men posted on the tower would sound an alarm and use visual cues to alert all that were both inside and outside of the city.

As Christians, the Lord commissioned us to go out and spread the light of the gospel. Jesus used the analogy of a master sending his servant to scour the highways and hedges. We must go because if the gospel be hid, it is hid to those that are lost. But thankfully, no matter where God sends us, you can see the high tower. But even though God is always aware of the danger coming our way, the tower serves no purpose if the people ignore it.

Just as safety only came to those inside the walls of a city, David knew that the Lord could not be the rock, fortress, deliverer, strength, buckler (shield), or the horn of salvation if people didn’t choose to look toward the high tower. Too often many, like Lot, pitch their tent towards the world and are led astray.

Yet, I am His and He is mine. So long as I fix my gaze towards the high tower, every step I take is planted on the Solid Rock and the very arms of God are wrapped around me in fortification. David proclaimed that the LORD was his God, and he trusted in God enough to keep looking towards the high tower as his only source of safety.

Your fellowservant in Christ,

Bro. Jordan Foster


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