Stronghold = a place that has been fortified so as to protect it against attack; fortress; a place of survival or refuge; used in the Bible as a metaphor to represent things that are based only on human confidence or pride; walls or fortresses built around human beliefs and emotions to protect ourselves from pain versus relying on God to heal the deep, deep wounds. God divinely pulls down our strongholds to heal us.
1 Samuel 23:14 David stayed in the wilderness strongholds and in the hills of the Desert of Ziph. Day after day Saul searched for him, but God did not give David into his hands.
2 Samuel 22:3 my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior— from violent people you save me.
Psalm 8:2 Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.
Psalm 9:9 The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.
Psalm 18:2 The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
Psalm 18:45 They all lose heart; they come trembling from their strongholds.
Psalm 27:1 The Lord is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?
Psalm 37:39 The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord; he is their stronghold in time of trouble.
Psalm 144:2 He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me.
Proverbs 21:22 One who is wise can go up against the city of the mighty and pull down the stronghold in which they trust.
Isaiah 31:9 Their stronghold will fall because of terror; at the sight of the battle standard their commanders will panic,” declares the Lord, whose fire is in Zion, whose furnace is in Jerusalem.
Joel 3:16 The Lord will roar from Zion and thunder from Jerusalem; the earth and the heavens will tremble. But the Lord will be a refuge for his people, a stronghold for the people of Israel.
2 Corinthians 10:4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.
Thank You, O God, that You are my God and my Stronghold. That we can turn to You and rest in Your strength. Be my stronghold, Lord God. Deliver me.
Stronghold of the Lord:
God did not give David into his hands
Silence the foe and avenger
Refuge in times of trouble
Wise one can pull down strongholds
Terror at the sight of the Lord’s battle standards
Refuge for His people
Your stronghold, Lord. May it be with me all the days of my life.
In Jesus name. Amen
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