“The Lord is the stronghold of my life. Of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1b)
Look around you at the people, circumstances and institutions in which you tend to put your trust. With the slightest shift of the wind they could come crumbling down around you:
People are fickle.
Institutions rise and fall.
King David cautioned such:
“Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men, who cannot save… Though your riches increase, do not set your heart on them.” (Psalm 146:3; 62:10b)
One sneeze in London, Wall Street or OPEC and we all get colds. One unforeseen change in governmental policy and whole industries are deeply affected.
Most of the kings and king-makers of the last decade are but a faded memory in today’s centers of power and commerce.
So… what exactly is the stronghold of your life? If it happens to be people, circumstances, or institutions you have just cause to be afraid.
King David grasped the vulnerability of our man-made towers of Babel, in crying out to God,
“Whom have I in heaven but you, and earth has nothing I desire but you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” (Psalm 73:25, 26)
Therefore today, as you embark upon the challenges confronting you, keep in mind the Scripture’s formula for experiencing God as your stronghold:
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ‘s power may rest on me… For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:9, 10)
The only barrier to you experiencing God as your stronghold would be your foolish trust in man, or in your lofty assumption that you can pull it off without Him at the center of your efforts.