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Devotion 1 - 07 Oct 2012

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Psalm 20:7 - “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.”

Not in Chariots, nor in horses, but in the Lord we Trust 

One verse that has been haunting me all week is Psalm 20:7, where David says, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.”

In David’s day of military conquest and nation threatening nation through warfare the most impressive and intimidating of all weaponry was that of chariots and horses – Kings and generals depended on these to give them the victory in battle, and when the odds seemed stacked against them it was to the chariots and horses that they turned for security and hope. Their trust was firmly in the things of that age and world.

But David says that he and his people trust instead in the name of the Lord.

What a bold statement to make for a man who was at that very moment faced with military threat and the possibility of defeat and ruin. It was as though he looked at the resources of the enemy, their impressive chariots and horses, and became convinced that these are little more than useful implements and will mean nothing of the Lord is not with them. The Lord is the one in whom David trusts because the Lord is the one who will give him the victory – regardless of how many chariots and horses the enemy might have.

The challenge of this verse for each of us today is whether or not we place our trust in the chariots and horses of this day and age (money, possessions, fame, prestige, qualifications and the like), or in the name of the Lord. David was assured that those who trust in the Lord, rather than the things of this world, will rise up and stand firm in the midst of trial and difficulty – in life we all have this one choice to make (and we make it daily), where does our trust and confidence lie?

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