Thoughts for the Day

Thursday, 14th May 2020: The tower as a refuge

Psalm 16 Trust Refuge God Sheol

Reading : Verses from Psalm 16

Round tower of Ireland

Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
I say to the Lord, 'You are my Lord;
I have no good apart from you.'....

I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;
in the night also my heart instructs me.
I keep the Lord always before me;
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices;
my body also rests secure.
For you do not give me up to Sheol*,
or let your faithful ones see the Pit.

You show me the path of life,
In your presence there is fullness of joy;
in your right hand are pleasures for evermore.

*place of the dead.

(New Revised Standard Version)


Anyone who has been to Ireland will have seen some of the round towers (there are over 60 of them) built sometime between the 7th and 10th century AD. Although not much is known about them, they are almost all at the sites of Christian churches. Were they watch towers, bell towers, or places of safety when raiders came - or indeed all three? Well no-one is absolutely sure but it does seem likely that they were used as places of refuge in times of danger.

Psalm 16 reminds us of the need for refuge when there is danger, and although we may not be in danger of attack from enemies at the present, we are all in danger of catching Covid 19, particularly certain age groups of our society. We cannot climb the tower to seek refuge, but we can seek refuge in God and allow Him to protect us.

When we wake in the night and are afraid, we need to put our trust in God, and go back to sleep! When the troubles of the day disturb us, we need to hand it over to Him, and go on with our life.

Thursday 14th May, follow up thoughts


Heavenly Father,
Help us to instinctively turn to you as our refuge -
our place of safety - when things are difficult,
knowing that you are there already waiting for us.
Guard us when danger threatens
and quieten our minds when we are afraid.

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