Let God Be Your Stronghold
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
─ Psalm 27:1 ESV
Have you heard the phrase, “Circle the wagons?” Some classic western movies depict a wagon train of pioneers drawing the wagons into a circle, especially at night, to protect against attack and to keep livestock fenced in. By circling the wagons, pioneers forged a stronghold with what they had.
A stronghold is a strong or fortified place, a defense or a fortress. A stronghold defends whatever resides within. Emotionally speaking, we all have strongholds in our lives – positive and negative. Usually negative strongholds rise up in our hearts as a defense against hurts we have experienced, such as isolation, anger, worry or regret. We build a stronghold around our hearts hoping not to repeat past hurts.
As God’s child, He wants to be your stronghold (Psalm 27:1). He wants to protect you, shield you and give you the confidence only He can provide. You allow Him to be that positive stronghold by spending time in His Word, experiencing His faithfulness as you trust Him, spending time in His presence, in prayer and in worship.
Today’s One Thing
Read Psalm 27 and pray it back to God, trusting Him as your stronghold.