The Bible has many references to the Name of the Lord. It includes “blessed be the Name of the Lord,” “call on the Name of the Lord,” “praise the Name of the Lord,” and “trust in the Name of the Lord.” Another phrase we also sing in churches is the “For the Name of the Lord is a strong tower.” But, why did the Bible writer characterizes the Name of the Lord as a strong tower?
In ancient civilization, castles or walled fortresses were often built on high places or hills. The reason is for defense against invaders. They also put a dry moat at the base of the outer wall for added security. But, if enemies can breach their first and second line of defenses, people then run to their high and strong tower for refuge. They shut themselves in and went to the top of the tower where plunderers couldn’t reach them. It is their final defense or shelter.
Proverbs 18:10 wrote, “The Name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run into it, and they are safe.” The Hebrew words of ‘strong tower’ are Migdal Oz.
Migdal is spelled Mem Gimel Dalet Lamed. At the same time, Oz is spelled Ayin and Zayin.
Let us look at their pictographic meanings:
Mem – a stream of living waters or may mean the Word of God
Gimel – pictures a camel which means to lift; it can also be the picture of the Holy Spirit
Dalet – a door that means entrance or pathway
Lamed – a shepherd’s staff and means control or authority
Aying – picture of an eye which means to see and know or experience
Zayin – a pruning tool that means to cut off or pierce
We discover that Migdal is the door to life brought about by the Holy Spirit through His Word from the pictographs. And this can only happen by His authority. But, those who come against Migdal will experience being cut off or pierced.
The Name of the Lord is a refuge to the righteous. They find sanctuary through His refreshing Word and protection against the schemes of the enemies.
Reference: Living Word