Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord, our God.” (Psalm 20:7)
What a great verse. What a confidence giving, encouraging verse. You look around at the world and see all kinds of things that you might be tempted to put your trust in, like your job, your investments, people around you, even good people that you love that you’re tempted to put your trust in. Banks and governments and all kinds of different things that say, “You can trust in this or you can trust in us.”
But recent developments with the Covid-19 pandemic very quickly remind us that many of these things can be taken away from us in a breath. And the truth is, anything that can be taken from us, by its very nature is not totally dependable and therefore not the best of places to ultimately place our security.
However, the Psalmist says, “I don’t trust in any of those things. I have a much greater, more dependable , certain place to put my trust, and that is in the name of the Lord, my God.” That’s a rock-solid security that can never be taken from us. It is amazing for David to say this when he needed military help in battle, he needed chariots and he needed horses, but he realised the battle is not ultimately won by chariots or horses. The battle is ultimately won by God.
So, when you find yourself in times of difficulty, distress and danger, in whom do you place your trust?
Before answering that question bear in mind what the next verse says. Those who trust in their chariots and horses can be “brought to their knees and fall,” but those who trust in God will “rise up and stand firm” (v8).
May you rise up and stand firm.