When I was younger and heard or read, “God is a strong tower,” my mind immediately went to an image like the one above. What you are looking at is your run-of-the-mill state park viewing tower. It’s actually not very strong. It’s not very powerful. It can’t actually protect you. And it’s not very threatening, unless you fall on the steps and get cut by those nasty steel holes.
Psalm 61:3 says, “For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy.” When Scripture says that God is a “strong tower” it means that he is more like a fort during wartime with 6-foot thick cement walls and razor wire on top, a treacherous moat surrounding, snipers ready at lookout points, and mines leading up to the gate.
I’m not trying to be severely violent, but I need to visualize what David mans when he says God is a strong tower against his enemy. We live in the midst of a war — not against Al Qaeda or the Taliban or North Korea. Those are real enemies in the real world, but ultimately we battle against sin, the world, and the devil. And when any one or all three seem to be bearing down on our souls, we have a refuge, a Strong Tower, who is actually able to defend, protect, and provide.