There are days (okay, everyday) where we need somewhere to run and hide from the world.
Proverbs 10:29, ESV:
“The way of the Lord is a stronghold to the blameless,
but destruction to evildoers.”
What is a stronghold? A mountain stronghold, place of refuge, fortress, temple (see LOGOS).
This poem immediately came to mind.
Prayer the church’s banquet, angel’s age,
God’s breath in man returning to his birth,
The soul in paraphrase, heart in pilgrimage,
The Christian plummet sounding heav’n and earth
Engine against th’ Almighty, sinner’s tow’r,
Reversed thunder, Christ-side-piercing spear,
The six-days world transposing in an hour,
A kind of tune, which all things hear and fear;
Softness, and peace, and joy, and love, and bliss,
Exalted manna, gladness of the best,
Heaven in ordinary, man well drest,
The milky way, the bird of Paradise,
Church-bells beyond the stars heard, the soul’s blood,
The land of spices; something understood.”
But who is blameless? This is contrasted to “evildo
er” which is a state of activity. In contrast, a lifestyle of serving God is the idea of being blameless…not devoid of sin, but not living a lifestyle of sin. 1 John
is a great place to read more about this.
God, thank You that You are our strength in hard places, and do not let our enemies get away with the evil they do. God, my heart is not blameless, I feel, but You have counted Christ’s righteousness toward me, just like You counted my sin on His cross-burden. Please help me to live more like Him. Amen.