Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | December 29, 2015

“For You have been a refuge for me, A tower of strength against the enemy.”

Today’s devotion comes from Nehemiah chapter 3.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Nehemiah+3&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“1 Then Eliashib the high priest arose with his brothers the priests and built the Sheep Gate;  they consecrated it and hung its doors.  They consecrated the wall to the Tower of the Hundred and the Tower of Hananel.  2 Next to him the men of Jericho built, and next to them Zaccur the son of Imri built.

3 Now the sons of Hassenaah built the Fish Gate;  they laid its beams and hung its doors with its bolts and bars.  4 Next to them Meremoth the son of Uriah the son of Hakkoz made repairs.  And next to him Meshullam the son of Berechiah the son of Meshezabel made repairs.  And next to him Zadok the son of Baana also made repairs.”  Nehemiah 3:1-4.

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Nehemiah described how bad it was for Jerusalem to be without walls.  “Then I said to them, “You see the bad situation we are in, that Jerusalem is desolate and its gates burned by fire.  Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem so that we will no longer be a reproach.”  Nehemiah 2:17.  Without walls, there was no protection for the people therein.  The people were humiliated and could easily be attacked by their enemies.

Today’s Scripture identifies those who built up and repaired the sections of the walls around Jerusalem.

Other doctrine would rest in exhorting the builders of the walls.

But, Reformed Doctrine leads us to hope in God to protect us physically and more importantly spiritually.

“18 By Your favor do good to Zion;
Build the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then You will delight in righteous sacrifices,
In burnt offering and whole burnt offering;
Then young bulls will be offered on Your altar.”  Psalm 51:18-19.

“In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah:

“We have a strong city;
He sets up walls and ramparts for security.”  Isaiah 26:1.

“3 For You have been a refuge for me,
A tower of strength against the enemy.
4 Let me dwell in Your tent forever;
Let me take refuge in the shelter of Your wings.  Selah.”  Psalm 61:3-4.

“The Lord will protect him and keep him alive,
And he shall be called blessed upon the earth;
And do not give him over to the desire of his enemies.”  Psalm 41:2.

“7 The Lord will protect you from all evil;
He will keep your soul.
8 The Lord will guard your going out and your coming in
From this time forth and forever.”  Psalm 121:7-8.

“11 But let all who take refuge in You be glad,
Let them ever sing for joy;
And may You shelter them,
That those who love Your name may exult in You.
12 For it is You who blesses the righteous man, O Lord,
You surround him with favor as with a shield.”  Psalm 5:11-12.

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