Today’s passage: Psalm 61
Today’s chocolate: Green & Black’s Organic Mint Dark Chocolate
You know, I could swear David has described God as a tower before.
But no: the Hebrew word for “tower,” migdal, only appears twice in the Psalms. We’ve seen it once before in Psalm 48, which says, “Walk about Zion and go around her; count her towers” (48:12). That’s not a metaphor for God! Those are the literal towers of an actual physical location! And Psalm 48 isn’t even by David; it’s a psalm of the sons of Korah! And like me, you might think that the well-known verse “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous runs into it and is safe” is from the Psalms, but like me, you would be mistaken. It’s Proverbs 18:10.
So I was wrong. The tower is not one of David’s favorite metaphors for God. In fact, in Psalm 18:2, David describes God as just about every defensive fortification except a tower: “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” It’s almost as if he’s gone out of his way not to say, “The Lord is a tower,” just to prove me wrong.
Psalm 61, today’s passage, is the only place in the psalms where the word “tower” is used to describe God. David writes: “For You have been a refuge for me, a tower of strength against the enemy” (3). The psalm is about David’s reliance on God to protect him from enemies without, but frankly, I need protection from error within. As we’ve seen today, I am all too prone to error when left to my own devices. Nearing the psalm’s conclusion, David prays to God, “Appoint lovingkindness and truth that they may preserve [the king]” (7). I’ve gotta admit: I need God’s lovingkindness and truth to preserve me too.
Question of the Day: Have you ever been appallingly incorrect about the Bible? How did you come to see your error?