The name of Adonai is a strong tower; a righteous person runs to it and is raised high above danger. Proverbs 18:10 CJB
Adonai is the plural form of Adon ~ meaning ‘Lord, Lord, LORD, master and owner.’ His name is a strong tower. Unless I understand the ancient context, I won’t appreciate the power that is here.
In ancient times, a strong tower was part of a city’s walls; a part of its fortification. This metaphor reveals that a child of God runs into an immensely fortified tower when they run to Adonai and stand behind His name. He is elevated high above any danger coming from below and that place is inaccessible to enemies. If ever I feel overwhelmed on all sides, I remember where I can run. I rehearse, out loud, to whom I belong.
Who has ascended to heaven and come down? Who has gathered the wind in his fists? Who has wrapped up the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is his son’s name? Surely you know! Proverbs 30:4
Adonai. Lord, master and owner. There is no one above His position. He can never be destroyed. No force, no matter how deadly, can affect Him in the least. He is the tower, afar off in the distance, which leads me home to safety. I fix my eyes on Him when I am assailed on all sides. The tower is a fixed point of reference and I never lose sight of it.
Adonai, and every other name of God, carries the power and authority to give me whatever I may need at any given moment. God gave His Son the name Jesus and that name is equally mighty. At the name of Jesus, every knee will one day bow. There is no other name under heaven whereby we must be saved. Speaking His name sends my enemies into chaos and confusion.
You know, when someone decides to protest and takes to the streets, they hold a sign or a banner. On it, they’ve condensed what it is they stand for. The slogan is not wordy but descriptive enough to understand the cause. One of the names of God is ~ GOD IS MY BANNER. This is what it means to stand behind a name. His name, and His name only, is worn as a banner over my life. For me to live is Christ.
I know that I don’t begin to understand – even yet – the power of your name. Show me. Amen