Fortress

(Today's post by Chris Queen)

Psalm 58-59

Several times during my childhood and teenage years, we vacationed in St. Augustine, Florida (in between Disney World trips, of course). One of my favorite spots around St. Augustine was the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument. The fortress was built in 1672, and its purpose was to defend the coast of Florida against bands of pirates. The Spanish outfitted the fort with what was then the latest and greatest in weaponry and technology. The idea was not only to be able to fire on the pirates but also to keep the people of St. Augustine safe.

There’s a thread that runs through Psalm 58 and 59. In Psalm 58, David addresses evildoers directly and asks God to take care of them so that people see God’s justice:

(10) The righteous will rejoice to see vengeance done, they will wash their feet in the blood of the wicked; (11) and people will say, “Yes, the righteous are rewarded; there is, after all, a God who judges the earth.”

And in Psalm 59, David describes the unrighteous and their arrogant strutting around: (6) They return at nightfall, snarling like dogs as they go around the city. (7) Look what pours out of their mouth, what swords are on their lips, [as they say to themselves,] “No one is listening, anyway.” But in two different places in Psalm 59, David declares his defense against evil: (9) My Strength, I will watch for you, for God is my fortress. (10) God, who gives me grace, will come to me; God will let me gaze in triumph at my foes. […] (16) But as for me, I will sing of your strength; in the morning I will sing aloud of your grace. For you are my fortress, a refuge when I am in trouble. (17) My Strength, I will sing praises to you, for God is my fortress, God, who gives me grace.

Here’s my takeaway: be grateful that God is your fortress. Praise Him for being the strength that allows you to stand against evil. Take refuge in Him.

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