July 2, 2020
“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” Psalm 20:7
In Old Testament times an army survived with chariots and horses. If you had the most chariots your chances were better in battle than your opponents. You went into battle with confidence when you had plenty of chariots and horses.
Today’s battle skills are much different. Today a chariot might be who has the most missiles. Who can read a computer screen the best and pinpoint the culprit and “take them out.” We do not look at weaponry as highly today as the Kings did in the Old Testament.
King David showed his trust in something more than horse and chariots. He recognized that his strength and courage came from God. It was a lesson he learned early in life. Remember when he fought Goliath? He told Goliath, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.” (1 Samuel 17:45.) And even before his encounter with Goliath, David knew that God had been with him when he fought the bear and the lion. King David’s faith was not in weaponry, but in God.
Today we fight our own battles. We fight depression, stress, illness, struggling relationships, family issues, the pandemic and more. We go against these sometimes unseen enemies and we fight them too often in our own power. We need to remember what David said, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” (Psalm 20:7.) Who is your trust in?
As we approach the celebration of our nation may we pray that we will stop trusting in reform and useless conversations. Let us place our trust in the only one who can bring us continue freedom from the problems of this world. Let us trust in “the Lord our God.”
Dear Lord, give us the courage to trust in you alone. Help us not to depend on our own devices, but to trust in you in all ways. We acknowledge that we have tried and failed in our way, now give us hope as we instill you way of doing things. Open our eyes to the truth and guide our paths. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.