This reproduction of the famous Eiffel Tower sits at a round point down the street from us in the small town of Buhl, France. No one would mistake it for its huge counterpart but I wondered why it was built there. I learned that the Eiffel Tower could very well be called the Koechlin Tower as Maurice Koechlin, born in Buhl was the one who had designed it as an employee of Mr. Eiffel. As this monument is said to be the most visited in the world, it is too bad that Koechlin did not get his name associated with the tower.
Today’s verse speaks of the name of the Lord as a different kind of tower, a fortified one. His name represents all that He is and His character. Running to Him as our tower of safety is an image of placing all our hope and faith in His power to protect and deliver. This is in stark contrast to the rich who imagine that their wealth is a wall too high to scale (verse 19).
His name is Faithful and True (Rev. 19:11) and He has promised safety and protection from the wicked (Ps. 37:17). When I run to Him, it is in faith, knowing that He will be true and faithful to His Word. I am safe knowing that no evil can touch me without His knowledge and permission. And certainly, no evil can touch my soul, that which I have committed to Him. He is able to keep my soul against that day (II Tim. 1:12). What comfort this is in a world where sometimes it seems that evil has the upper hand!
Thank you Lord, for being my safety and security!