The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. Psalm 18:2
Nineteen-year-old Crystal Houchins was home alone on May 2013, a 200mph storm hit Oklahoma City killing 24 people. She sheltered in the bath room which was the most central room of the house until the storm had passed. She climbed inside the bath tub and dragged a mattress on top of her. The storm tore the roof off her home and when she came out, only the bathroom was left standing. She survived but not all people facing storms survive.
Anyone living in a place where storms are rampant knows the usefulness of a strong room. It is the place you go to hide when a storm strikes. But where do you go for safety when enemy forces are surrounding you and pounding from every side, when your strength and resources cannot provide solutions in your life? You hide in a fortress! No matter how strong or rich you are, or how firm your faith is, there are some storms you cannot stand. And I pray that if you are facing any storm in your life, you will find a solid hiding place. But what if your kind of storm does not allow any physical hiding place? What if your storm occurred in the air, or on the ocean? What if your storm is spiritual?
As a military officer, David knew first hand, the importance of fortress. He learned through experience that there is no better place to seek shelter, safety and fresh supplies of grace, emotional lift, spiritual support and renewal than in The Lord. In God, David felt secure, and his hopes found rest and quite forevermore. This same God has been the fortress millions of pilgrims who believed in His saving grace. If God is your fortress, then blessed are you.