Listen to this devotional:
Genesis 11:4 – Then they said, "Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth." (NIV)
Psalm 18:2 – The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. (KJV)
A televised interview with a United States congresswoman caught my attention when she mentioned her concern about an international movement considering the possibility of a global currency.
The book of Genesis records an instance in which inhabitants throughout the known world sought to unite themselves. The people reasoned that by building a high tower, they could make a name for themselves, the tower being a symbol of their own strength. However, their plans were abruptly put to an end when the Lord Himself interrupted their mission.
In contrast to the Genesis description of this tower, King David ironically refers to the Lord as his high tower in today's verse from the Psalms, expressing his trust in God for strength. Proverbs also reminds us, "The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe." (Proverbs 18:10 NIV) Thus, the imagery of the tower depicts a God who is able to provide divine refuge for those in need.
For believers, our strength is not in the power of government but in the Lord. In a world of political and economic chaos, let us, like David, call on the name of the Lord and trust Him to be our high tower. Especially in these troublesome times, may the Lord be the one we trust for our security and our strength.
Prayer: Lord, we thank You that You are a refuge for those who trust in Your name. May You be our high tower and strength as we look to You for comfort in these alarming times of instability and unrest. Amen.