“My God, my strength in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation; my stronghold.” –Psalm 18:2
As we enter into this week we call Holy Week, we will hear and feel the betrayal, pain and grief that is part of the story of Jesus during the last week of his life. At the same time, all these centuries later, there is much happening within our world and in our lives that we struggle to make sense of, and which seeks to overwhelm us. These are times which call us to stay ever more closely connected to our God as the stronghold of our life.
In much of the Old Testament, the word “stronghold” means a place of secure refuge. Eventually, “stronghold” became one of the ways to describe the nature of God. The Psalmist frequently speaks of God as the stronghold of his life.
In times of great challenge or overwhelming chaos or tragedy, I invite us to consider three things: 1) Turn toward the Stronghold, which is God; 2) Hold onto the goodness and faithfulness of God, and 3) Be held in the hope of the promises of God.
As we journey together toward the cross this week and as we face the challenges and joys of our own lives, may we rediscover the stronghold of God’s love and presence.