“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand upright. O Lord, save the king! May he answer us when we call.” Psalm 20:7-9
Psalm 20 is a royal psalm that would have been sang before battle. It was a prayer and a proclamation—a prayer for victory and a proclamation of God’s faithfulness.
In the final verses, the Israelites proclaim, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God” (v. 7). The opposing armies probably had large chariots, well-trained horses, and skilled fighters. Going into battle, they may have placed their confidence and ability to succeed in these tools.
But that’s not where the Israelites placed their trust. Instead, they put their trust in the Owner and Creator of all the resources of the earth: God. They knew their victory did not hinge on their abilities, but hinged on God’s sovereign and powerful hand. If He desired that they would be victorious, nothing could stand in His way. And if He desired that they fail, they could do nothing to overthrow His hand.
So, friend, where do you place your trust? In the midst of difficulty, suffering, conflict, disaster, and the unknown, have you put your trust in your own chariots and horses? Have you placed your trust in your bank account, your spouse, your friends, your education, your knowledge, or your health? Or have you placed your confidence in the only sure place: the eternal, sovereign, all-powerful God?
Today, whatever it is you are facing, I encourage you to stop and ask yourself, “Where is my trust? Where is my confidence?” Check your heart and see what you are relying on. If you have been relying on other things, stop and repent of that. And then start putting your hope back in God. Pray to Him first, seek out of the counsel of his Word, and rest in Him.
God, I am sorry for my foolishness of trusting in anything other than You. I am sorry for the times I have trusted in the things You created and gave me rather than trusting in You as the Creator and Giver. Help me to turn away from worshiping those things, and instead worship You. Teach me to trust in You first and above all. Thank You for being my Mighty Savior in all my battles.
Take some time and think through the heart question, “Where have I laid my trust?” When difficulties arise, where do you turn first? What is your comfort in the midst of suffering? What are your placing your hope in?