This castle keep is part of the Arundel Castle in West Sussex, England. Built in 1067, it is of particular interest to me as my ancestors lived there in the mid 1200’s! It was bequeathed by the King to Richard Fitzalan, the husband of my 18th Great Grand Aunt! Our family lived there for 200 years, but not so often in the section pictured here. This is the castle keep, the fortified tower. The keep was considered one of the most impenetrable parts of the castle. It was used as a refuge of last resort should the rest of the castle fall to the enemy.
Today’s verse describes God as a strong tower. David is crying out to the Lord for help as his heart grows faint. This is the prayer of one who is battle weary. He cries out to God as he remembers how He has in the past been a strong tower of defense. David needs God to be his defense against literal enemies. He understands that it is only because of God’s love and faithfulness that there is any protection at all (verse 7).
I may not have the same enemies as David. But I too sometimes feel my heart growing faint. Standing up to the world’s values can be wearisome. Fighting off temptation and compromise can wear me down. My enemy may be called, “discouragement.” My enemy may be called, “giving up.” It could be that I am trying to fight on my own rather than in His strength. He is a strong tower and I can run to Him when my heart feels faint. He promises me His love and faithfulness just as He did to David.
Thank you Lord, for being my strength today.