Rescue, refuge, fortification. Safety in the Father’s impregnable fortress. With walls unscalable, the fortress impassable, we’re saved by His righteousness, hidden in His mountain fortress.
When our sinful flesh doubts, or Satan’s arrows wound, or trial of any sort arises, other walls crumble. Other rescuers fail. When faith’s enemy charges over the hill, unbidden and bringing distress, the only true refuge is found as we flee to the mountain fortress.
We must flee to the Lord.
He listens closely. He covers and protects. He is the Rock we hide behind, the unconquerable fortress we hide within.
When clouds of fear or anxiety first darken our sky, we must learn to say:
“Left to myself, I am vulnerable and weak, powerless and exposed. Left alone, I am despondent, oppressed, miserable. But, I am not alone. I flee to You, my Lord and my God. You are my hiding place. You strengthen and hearten me. You are a mountain fortress to save me.”
Painting: The fortress of Konigstein by Bernardo Bellotto, 1758