Isaiah 5:2—He built a tower in its midst . . .
This tower metaphor given in Isaiah speaks of God’s protection for Israel and is representative of the protection He becomes for all His covenant people. The Father-Husbandman, who works quietly in the vineyard behind the scene, is the Hightower of protection on behalf of the vineyard.
David captured this truth when He said, “For You have been a shelter for me, a strong tower from the enemy.” (Psalm 61:3). In this metaphor for refuge, David expresses his total disregard of personal autonomy. His reliance was on God alone. In the surrounding verses, He uses four figures of speech to describe God as his security: a rock, shelter, tower, and wings. God, in His very nature, is a protector (Psalm 91:1-2).
Psalm 144 is also a song to the LORD who preserves His people.
“Blessed be the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle—My lovingkindness and my fortress, my high tower and my deliverer, my shield and the One in whom I take refuge, who subdues my people under me,” (v. 1-2).
To David, God, in His lovingkindness, was his fortress, high tower, deliverer, shield, refuge, and trainer! David credits God as the one who equipped him for hand-to-hand combat! We who are laborers in the vineyard need to believe that God is our high tower. He also wants us to participate with Him by using the weapons of our warfare (II Corinthians 10:4-5) and by putting on the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18). This trainer-warrior relationship builds confidence in the warrior and builds his love for the trainer.
Another timeless lesson here is that the help of man is vain. If we turn from the Father-Husbandman’s protection and look to the noses and nickels of Egypt, we immediately compromise the security of the vineyard. “Lord, what is man, that You take knowledge of him? Or the son of man, that You are mindful of him? Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow,” (Psalm 144:3-4). Israel’s security was not in the size of their army but rather in the presence of their God (Psalm 118:8-9).
Because God Himself is our high tower of protection, we are called to live in complete submission to Christ. All authority has been given to Him (Matthew 28:18). Only what is done by the Church under the authority of Christ will last (I Corinthians 3:11-15). For us to be truly safe, we must live and minister under our Living Head, Christ Jesus, as a community (Colossians 2:9-10).
For the last 100 years, elitists have been trying to run America based on a progressive worldview. Their chief doctrine is autonomy, the idea that humankind does best without God. This godless equation leaves society walled off from the hope of the eternal, living God. We are then alone in the universe and without a transcendent standard to define justice or mercy. Where does true liberty and protection come from? It comes from God our High Tower. Nation after nation has fallen because of this. Autonomy entered the garden and destroyed an entire pre-flood society. Sadly, it creeps into the New Testament Church as well.
We can boil this reality down to four words: Lose God—Lose man. Let’s recognize God Himself as our protection, be eternally thankful, and joyfully submit. Let no individualistic rebellion give the enemy room for destruction. In the words of William Penn, “If we will not be governed by God, we must be ruled by tyrants.” The name of the Lord is our high tower; let us run to it and be safe (Proverbs 18:10).
God Himself is our High Tower of protection.
God’s nature is to protect.
God will train us in warfare.
Warfare is a part of the ministry.
The help of man is vain.
Carnal weapons do not work.
Autonomy destroys any culture, even the Church.
Lose God—Lose man.
Run to our High Tower and give thanks.
A Touch of Tozer
When God created the heavens and the earth, darkness was upon the face of the deep. When the Eternal Son became flesh, He was carried for a time in the darkness of the sweet virgin’s womb. When he died for the life of the world, it was in the darkness seen by no one at the last. When He arose from the dead it was “very early in the morning.” No one saw Him rise. It is as God was saying. “What I am is all that need matter to you. For there lies your hope and your peace. I will do what I will do, and it will all come to light at last, but now I do it is My secret. Trust Me and be not afraid.
The Knowledge of the Holy, p. 70