‘The name of the Lord is a strong tower:
the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.’
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It is useless for me to attempt to describe the various ways in which your trials come; but I am sure they that know Jehovah’s name will put their trust in him.
Perhaps your trial has been want, and then you have said,
‘His name is Jehovah-jireh, the Lord will provide;’
or else you have been banished from friends,
but you have said, ‘His name is Jehovah-shammah,
the Lord is there;’ or else you have had a disturbance in your family; there has been war within, and war without, but you have run into your strong tower, for you have said,
‘His name is Jehovah-shalom, the Lord send peace;’
or else the world has slandered you,
and you yourself have been conscious of sin, but you have said,
‘His name is Jehovah-tsidkenu, the Lord our righteousness,’
and so you have gone there, and been safe; or else many have been your enemies; then his name has been ‘Jehovah-nissi, the Lord my banner;’ and so he has been a strong tower to you.
Defy, then brethren, in God’s strength, tribulations of every sort and size.
Say with the poet,
‘There is a safe and secret place
The least and feeblest here may hide
Beneath the wings divine
Uninjured and unawed.
Reserved for all the heirs of grace;
While thousands fall on every side,
That refuge now is mine.
I rest secure in God.’
But, beloved, besides the trials of this life,
we have the sins of the flesh, and what a tribulation these are;
but the name of our God is our strong tower then.
At certain seasons we are more than ordinarily conscious of our guilt;
and I would give little for your piety,
if you do not sometimes creep into a corner with the poor publican and say,
‘God be merciful to me a sinner.’
The name of the Lord Jesus Christ is a strong tower:
the unrighteous run into it, and are saved
(Matthew 1:21; Acts 4:12; 10:43; 1 John 5:13).
Have you ‘fled for refuge’ (Hebrews 6:18)?
Are you ‘in Christ’?
Sermon no. 491
26 October (1862)
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