Touring the cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado fired our imagination with scenes of a very different kind of life! The overhanging cliffs afforded the Ancestral Pueblo people some protection from enemies. But they also built fortress-style buildings as look-outs and for added protection. These structures were built in the late 1190’s and served their purpose. But in the end, it is thought that the enemy of drought drove them from their homes.
Today’s verse talks about God being our fortress and a place of refuge and security. Because of His strength and power I can be safe. I can trust in Him. We do have enemies, perhaps not the same kind that David had to face. But there are many times when I am attacked. It can come from several different quarters. I could be attacked by a temptation. But God promises me a way of escape (I Cor.10:13). I may be attacked by the Satan himself, but I have God’s armor so I can stand and fight (Eph.6:11). When do I run to a fortress?
I run to God, my Fortress, when I am being attacked by depression, anxiety, and despair. I run to His presence when I am being attacked by worry , doubt, or fear. In His arms I am reassured when assailed by feelings of hurt or betrayal. In Him I find the courage to face the world again. In my quiet time with Him I am strengthened against all these attacks. The verse says, “I will say of the Lord…” And I am saying it here. I want to testify to what God as my Fortress does for me.