exchanging my walls for a fortress

psalm 59 I often hide crumbling piles of rocks, hoping they will shield me.

 

I see the arrows fly and the swords flash, and I run scared. I search for solace behind walls of my own building. I pray that somehow these dilapidated barricades could be enough to protect me from pain I see everywhere I look.

 

I feel exposed every time one of my stones falls to the ground. And so I run behind another wall.

 

I long for protection, but these walls aren’t cutting it. I keep watch for something stronger. Something sure and stable.

 

You are my strength, I watch for you;     you, God, are my fortress,      my God on whom I can rely. – Psalm 59:9-10

 

Is that really true? Is it God who is my fortress? It doesn’t always feel that way. Sometimes I feel more like He is a pile of ruble. He is a rock, but He is not impenetrable. My life still has pain and difficulty.

 

Yet I know there is a deep difference in the peace of my soul when I am living in Him.

 

I will sing of your strength,     in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress,     my refuge in times of trouble.

You are my strength, I sing praise to you;     you, God, are my fortress,     my God on whom I can rely. – Psalm 59:16-17

 

God, you are my fortress.

 

I find protection behind your walls and perspective from atop your towers.

 

You provide me with rest and peace from the battles that wage for my life.

 

I am embraced by the sureness of Your rock surrounding me wherever I look.

 

Thank you for welcoming me in. You give me a place of belonging and hope.

 


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