Dictionary.com defines stronghold as "a well-fortified place; a fortress." This gives me the picture of a place you want to be in the midst of a war. As a Christian, I often find myself in a battle. It is usually not a physical battle with fists or guns. It is usually the ugliness of sin that rises up. These times are difficult, and I deal with the ambushes, not the pretty lined up battlefield. Actually, I feel outnumbered many times!
As I read Psalm 27 this week, I was given a new picture of that word, "stronghold." I am thinking of it more as a hiding place, a safe place, a place where God wants me to be. His Word tells me that the battle is actually His battle, not mine.* This doesn't mean I don't have some responsibilities, and one of them definitely being obedience! It does mean that I am not responsible to make strategies or to insure victory....that is His part! As a matter of fact, my whole faith is based on the victory He has already won and established.
So, as I face yet another battle for my soul and the souls of my family, I run to His stronghold, His "fortress," His "well-fortified place." I must daily put my trust in His love, His mighty power, His battle strategy, and His victory!
*2 Chronicles 20:15