If she is a wall,
We will build on her a battlement of silver;
But if she is a door,
We will barricade her with planks of cedar.
Song of Songs 8:9 NASB
The battlements in a castle wall were the openings where the archers would hide and shoot. They look like slits in the walls.
Normally, in Solomon’s day, the battlements would be made of stone, or wood, but the Bride wants to make battlements of silver.
It wouldn’t be practical to use silver in the real world, so we take this to be a spiritual picture.
Where gold usually speaks of royalty, silver signifies holiness in the Bible.
A wall is for the most part a defense, but the battlement is the offensive aspect of the wall.
Here is a striking idea. Holiness is an offensive position. [tweet this]
We think of holiness as passive, more of a state of being. But in the spiritual realm holiness is an offensive posture. “We will build on her a battlement of silver.”
We situate ourselves with the weapons of our warfare, high on the wall. The holiness in which we stand, rendered ours by the blood of Jesus, is the only place from which we can wage spiritual war. Spiritual warfare, if it is to be effective, must be waged from this place of holiness.
We learn from James:
The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. – James 5:16 NASB
Thank You Father, for this battlement of silver You have built for us. There is no way we could ever stand unless you made a place for us.
Stand in that high tower of holiness today, and thank Him for the price He paid so you could.