10 The name of the Lord is a fortified tower;
the righteous run to it and are safe.
11 The wealth of the rich is their fortified city;
they imagine it a wall too high to scale.
The truly righteous do not look to themselves for security, as if safety could be earned by good works. No one is exempt from the troubles of life, and it is sometimes the best people – as the story of Job teaches – who suffer the most. But the question here is not whether adversity will come, but where peace can be found in its midst. The Lord has many names, including Creator, Provider, Shepherd, Redeemer, Healer, Protector and Comforter. When the righteous run to him they find safety, if not from than through trouble. To whom else could they go?
“The wealth of the rich is their fortified city; they imagine it a wall too high to scale.” Here is a great contrast: the righteous run while the wealthy imagine. Indeed it requires great imagination to trust in the protection of wealth, which has no power over sin and death. Whatever protection it offers is offset with risk, for who else is the target of envy, extortion, and theft? No matter how fortified such a city may be, no matter how high its walls, danger also lurks within. When the evil day comes the imaginations of the wealthy are dashed, where then can they run?