‘The Name of the Lord Is a Strong Tower:’ A Brief Study of Proverbs 18:10

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In the Battle of Helm’s Deep from The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, King Theoden of Rohan and his allies were outnumbered by the enemy. The one advantage they did have was the defense of the city’s walls and its towers. It supplemented what the army lacked — strength.

Similarly, Proverbs 18:10 tells Christians that “the name of the Lord is a strong tower” which “the righteous can run into and be safe” from the evil schemes of Satan. Let’s take a closer look at what exactly this means.

The Author of the Book of Proverbs

King Solomon wrote all but two of the 31 chapters of the book of Proverbs. His father, King David, the “man after God’s own heart,” had a mature impact on how Solomon viewed the name of God.

Although Solomon’s reign started with great promise, he slowly wandered down a dark path filled with sin and idolatry. The book of Ecclesiastes, which Solomon also wrote, detailed his experiences and regrets of trying to find joy apart from the Lord. The book of Proverbs was more than likely written before his downward spiral.

Despite his failings, Solomon’s reference to “the name of the Lord is a strong tower” came from observing the life of his father. Although King David did not use this language, the book of Psalms is filled with scripture verses that reflect the Lord’s strength.

What Exactly Is a Strong Tower?

In Psalm 20:1, the Hebrew word defend is used, meaning “to be set safely and securely on high; to be too high for capture.” Since understanding the Bible can be difficult at times, the implication of this word more or less means “to be too strong so as to be inaccessible.”

King Solomon seems to have this in mind when he refers to the name of the Lord as a “strong tower.” It is a tower that is elevated and beyond the enemy’s reach. It was where the citizens of the city could “run into it, and be safe.”

Judges 9:51 says, “But there was a strong tower in the city, and all the men and women — all the people of the city — fled there and shut themselves in; then they went up to the top of the tower.”

What Does This Mean for Christians?

Both King Solomon, the author of this verse, and his father, King David, experienced the mighty works of the Lord. They sinned in some of the most revolting ways yet always found strength and spiritual refinement in the Lord.

When we are faced with trials and temptations from either the enemy or our own heart, we can find rest and security in the Lord. It’s important that we not only run from our sins but also to God.

The Psalms tell us that God is our “refuge and strength” (46:1) as well as our “hiding place” (32:7). Isaiah 25:4 says He is “a shelter during the storm” and “a shade from the heat.”

The only one that has access to us while we are resting in the “strong tower” of the name of the Lord is the Creator Himself. If you are currently being attacked by Satan or your own sin, “run into it, and be safe.”