The eternal God of the universe wants to be your close, personal friend. He longs to be your heritage. Your shield. Your steadfast love. God also deeply desires for you to know Him as your personal stronghold (Psalm 18:2). As a place you can go to for rest. Where you know you are guarded and protected by your loving Daddy. Imagine a permanent citadel guarded by strong ramparts. That’s who God is - your personal place of refuge. Your first line of defense. Your protection comes from the Creator of all, whose strength is far greater than any opponent you could ever meet. That’s why we are more than conquerors through Jesus who loves us (Romans 8:37). Jesus is your personal, impregnable stronghold - one with walls that are too high to be scaled. A moat that is too deep to be swum. With weapons inside that are too powerful to be overcome. As you make God your personal stronghold, He simply cannot be overcome. Do you know the Lord as your stronghold? Do you run to Him in times of need? Pray this today: “Lord, You are my personal God. My stronghold! You are my refuge and my retreat. I can run into Your arms for rest and protection. With You, I can experience heavenly peace and protection from all harm.” Run into the arms of your Daddy. Your personal God will forever be your stronghold.