Sunday, January 28, 2007

Celebrating our Strong Tower

excerpted from THE NIGHT WATCHES by John MacDuff (1818-1895)

"The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe." Proverbs 18:10

Celebrate the strong Tower of OMNIPOTENCE. The One and Only Almighty is on your side. There is One with you and for you, limitless in His resources, greater by far than anything allied against you!

Celebrate the strong Tower of UNCHANGEABLENESS. All earthly fabrics are disintegrating around you and your earthly refuges are dust. But, sheltered here in this immutable Tower, you can stand unawed by all the fitful changes of life, while courageously exulting in an unchanging God!

Celebrate the strong Tower of INFINITE WISDOM. When circumstances are dark and rebukes bewildering, retire within this fortress and remind yourself that all, all that befalls He planned in infallible righteousness and loving faithfulness. Behold, inscribed on your chamber-walls, "The only Wise God! has done this."

Celebrate the strong Tower of LOVE. What a comfort to retire into this most hallowed of citadels, and read the living motto emblazoned on its every turret- "God is love!" He has set His Love on you from everlasting. My soul, you are safe forever in this unassailable fortress!

This is the citadel where His saints are "guarded" by the power of God. We can hear, amid the surges of life, a voice high above the storm, the Name of the Lord- "Fear not, It is I!" "It is I," I, your Master and Redeemer. I, the Commander of winds and waters. I, the One Lord given all Power over Heaven and Earth. I, the God of Spirits. Oh, sweet and powerful Word of a gracious Savior! It is I, able to calm all your hardships - It is I, able to revive your sore heart – Celebrate, O soul, you are safe forever in this Strong Tower!

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