Proverbs 18:10 –
The name of the Lord is a strong tower;
The righteous run to it and are safe.
- What do I see in this text for which I can praise the Lord? True security is found only in the LORD. Again, this name of God (Yahweh) reminds me that the one true living God is a God of loving loyalty. He is a personal God that you can know. He is the one who is loyal in His love and devotion to His people.
- When I forget this about the Lord, what sinful thoughts, words, actions, and attitudes result in me that I need to confess? However, left to ourselves, we are prone to run to other things and people for safety and security. How fickle I am in my loyalty, love and devotion to my Lord. Proverbs 18:11 reminds us that many look to wealth for security and significance. Why is it that wealth offers a false sense of security? Proverbs 23:4-5 recounts what can happen to wealth: “Do not weary yourself to gain wealth, cease from your consideration of it. When you set your eyes on it, it is gone. For wealth certainly makes itself wings like an eagle that flies toward the heavens.”
- How does this passage point me to Jesus Christ in his person, work or teachings? Eternal safety and security comes from gladly confessing and bowing down in adoration and worship to the NAME that is above every name… “that at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father” (See Philippians 2:9-11). The righteous are accepted and come into right standing with God not because of what they do, but because of what God has done in Christ… “He made Him who knew no sin to become sin so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21). The Heidelberg Catechism written in 1563 in Germany puts it beautifully: “How are you right with God? Only by true faith in Jesus Christ. Even though my conscience accuses me of having grievously sinned against all God’s commandments and of never having kept any of them, and even though I am still inclined toward all evil, nevertheless, without my deserving it at all, out of sheer grace, God grants and credits to me the perfect satisfaction, righteousness, and holiness of Christ, as if I had never sinned nor been a sinner, as if I had been as perfectly obedient as Christ was obedient for me. All I need to do is to accept this gift of God with a believing heart.”
- How would I live differently if the truths of this passage were more real to me? I would rest more in the Lord and not fret and become so anxious about the future… I would have a more zealous commitment to worship the Lord both personally and corporately. It appears that the essence of true worship involves running away from the idols and pseudo saviors to which we are prone to give our allegiance and running again to the Lord who is the only One who can satisfy us and give us true security. He is the One who will always let us in and never let us down!