Your flying fortress

fortressIn Psalm 59 David describes God as his fortress. David made this statement in response to Saul’s attack – Saul had sent men to watch David’s house and kill him. David actually calls God his fortress four times in the psalm.

Deliver me from my enemies, O God;
    be my fortress against those who are attacking me.

You are my strength, I watch for you;
    you, God, are my fortress,

16 But I will sing of your strength,
    in the morning I will sing of your love;
for you are my fortress,
    my refuge in times of trouble.

17 You are my strength, I sing praise to you;
    you, God, are my fortress,
    my God on whom I can rely.

This image of God as a fortress made me think of the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. The B-17 was developed in the 1930s to serve as a heavy bomber. It’s design enabled it to take heavy damage and still be able to return home.

God is our Flying Fortress. We are constantly in enemy territory and we are often attacked in battle. Because of his love for us, God surrounds us and protects us from irreparable damage. Even if we do take a hit, God always carries us home.

You are my strength, I sing praise to you;
    you, God, are my fortress,
    my God on whom I can rely.

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About Tony Schmitz

Tony Schmitz received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Temple University in 1993, his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1996, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1999. He is a mechanical engineering professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
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