Let’s consider the vantage point from which a Watchman watches. As discussed in a previous blog, historically, Watchmen were positioned in towers. Towers were the highest place of a city, vineyard, field, etc. The intent was to provide the best viewpoint for the Watchman to be the first to see a potential threat.
The purpose and benefit of the height of the tower allows the clearest view, free from any obstruction that would block their line of sight. The height of the tower also created a natural distance from others. This distance provides a level of protection and insulation from distractions caused by people, knowingly or unknowingly, who may stop to talk or ask questions of someone who would otherwise be at the same level/height as them. The distance also can be a source of isolation and/or loneliness, which can serve various purposes as well.
As I’m writing this out, I see how loaded this is and full of insight and different teachings this visual provides, but let’s stay on this thought today. Consider these scriptures:
Proverbs 18:10 – The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.
Psalm 61:1-4 – Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. 2 From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. 3 For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. 4 I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.
Psalm 144:1-2 – Blessed be the Lord my strength which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight: 2 My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and he in whom I trust; who subdueth my people under me.
2 Samuel 22:2-3 – And he said, The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; 3 The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.
The Lord is described as a strong tower and a high tower, a fortress, a shelter, and a refuge.
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As we prepare and enter into our service to the Lord as Watchmen seeking understanding and revelation for His people, we have safety and protection when we run to the Lord; when we are in the Lord. Without His protection and positioning, we are exposed to the enemy and we run the risk of our view being obstructed. Obstructed by what? By our own opinions, perceptions, biases, and fears. Without the counsel of God, we are so easily distracted by the cares of this world, by petty and frivolous disputes and debates, distracted by the opinions of others.
When we go to the Lord as Watchmen, we can be assured that what we perceive and the warnings and strategies we obtain are pure and without compromise so that His people will benefit from accurate and timely revelation to enable them to advance on the enemy with wisdom and understanding.
We have been provided a consistent and faithful tower of protection from which we can be guaranteed to have clear vision. Let’s be mindful to run to and remain in the Lord as we seek revelation for His people.
See Far & Perceive!