Summary: God is there for our encouragement and protection.
Fortress or Tower
Migdol is the ordinary Canaanite word for "watchtower,"
It means "tower; small fortress; watchtower." The word occurs about 50
times in biblical Hebrew.
Migdol means "tower." This is its use in Gen 11:4 (the first occurrence of
the word): "And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose
top may reach unto heaven...."
These people tried to build a temple to Heaven. They tried to make it on
their own wisdom. Dear ones God gave a way unto Heaven. That way is
Jesus Christ. I love these verses that are here to encourage and reassure
us in our Lord.
The Lord is our high tower.
2 Sam 22:3 The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and
the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour;
thou savest me from violence.
Ps 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.
Ps 144:1 Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to
war, and my fingers to fight: 2 My goodness, and my fortress; my high
tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and he in whom I trust; who subdueth
my people under me.
God is a high tower that stands high above all that is. The Lord sits on His
heavenly throne. Because of the elevation of his thoughts and motives He is
to see our every move. He looks to the depths of our souls. He is the
watchmen on the watchtower wall. He watches for the enemy to come. He
sees the temptor way off. He knows when things are coming that will cause
us troubles, he sees our problems before they are near to us. Before the
temptation comes, God knows. Before the trouble comes in your life, God
sees it. Isn’t it wonderful that God can see the whole situation as it
develops. God’s viewpoint of life is not down on a human level but it’s from
above so that he can see the whole picture. He can see the way out of the
mysteries of our life. He knows the answers to the problems before the
problems even arise.
The reason that the problems arise and the storm clouds set in our lives for
lenthy periods is because we many times don’t get in touch with the
watchtower. We have a look out on a high tower to see what we need to
do and where we need to go. The Lord sees what we need. God can give
our lives the direction that we need. We need to get in touch with the high
The word fortress often refers to a "small fortress":
Judges 8:8-9"And he went up thence to Penuel, and spake unto them
likewise: and the men of Penuel answered him as the men of Succoth had
answered him. And he spake also unto the men of Penuel, saying, When I
come again in peace, I will break down this tower" .
3 For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead
me, and guide me.
There were three people. One of the people built their house out of their
own strength. They put every bit of their strength into it. All the power
that they could muster up was placed in this house. But then one day
Satan came by and he tested the strength of that house. And even though
the person used every ounce of might they had it wasn’t a match to the
power of Satan.
Then the second person built a house with great wisdom. He thought every
thing out. He depended on the great wisdom, on the greatest education.
The house that he built looked great. Everything looked positively great.
Because of the wisdom that this person had they looked like the real thing.
They had everything in place. It seemed as if this house had everything
going for it. However, when Satan came along. He tried the foundation of
the home. When the stress of the world and Satan was overwhelming, the
house came tumbling down.
The third person tried something very different than the other two. He
allowed God to be build his house. He let the Lord’s will to be done. God’s
protection, God’s power, and God’s wisdom was able to build a house that
was strong and could withstand all the wiles of the devil.
Listen, there is not another way of building God’s kingdom or God’s temple
except for God’s way.
Listen to I Peter 1:3-5
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according