“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.” [Psalm 20:7-8]
Let’s add to these verses as if the psalmist were writing today. Some trust in:
~ Credit cards
~ Athletic ability
~ Big homes
~ Nice cars
~ Active social media accounts
~ Peaceful relationships
And we could go on, for you get the point, right? Basically, anything we fear losing or anything we run to (other than God) when times get tough. There is so much that we put our trust in and yet these things, people, etc have no power and no desire to hold us up or remain loyal. Anything and everything of this world will eventually collapse and fall. It’s like trying to find refuge on a pile of sand in a torrent rain fall.
But name of the Lord is our stronghold; our firm foundation; and our hope. For only in the name of Jesus can we feel eternally secure. Only in the name of Jesus can we have a foundation that will not crumble. Only in the name of Jesus can we have something that will not let us down. I mean, look at the cross. It seemed to many that Jesus collapsed and fell when he died, but on the third day he rose and now stands firm. And now, through faith in him; trusting in the name of the Lord, we can stand firm as well.
Through him and him alone we have everything we need so put your trust in him and let those horses and chariots fade away.
Praise be to God!
The pastor -|—
Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.
I read this verse this morning and almost chuckled at the fact that some people actually trusted in chariots and horses (otherwise the psalmist would not have mentioned it). Obviously he is referring to those who trust in the military might and strength; making them their god. But upon further reflection, I began to wonder how the psalmist might write this verse if he were living in the United States today.
Some trust in __________ (how would you fill in the blank?)
Smartphones (I almost hesitate to write this since this describes me)
Etc, etc, etc…
Of course I could go on. And now I am no longer chuckling.
In seminary I had a professor that said “Anything you fear more than God has become your god.” And I think we can put trust in that quote and get the same meaning. “Anything/Anyone you trust more than God has become your god.” When I write it that way I get a little nervous and a little shifty in my chair…because it is true.
How many gods do you have in your life? I know I have a few (which I am not proud of). Now all of a sudden I am less judgmental towards those who trusted in chariots and horses.
In scripture we read about people who trusted in the name of the Lord our God. They were fulfilled and happy. They felt safe and secure. And why not? When God, the creator of the universe, is your god then you have a God who is above all things…and all gods. The things and people we trust in this life more than God can not do for us what God can. The things and people in this life can not give us life beyond this one; they can not give us hope; they can not give us strength. Holding onto my smartphone may give me comfort; for I have instant access to the world, but nothing can compare to holding onto God who IS the world.
Let us place our trust in the Lord our God and not in gods. Amen!