I have been reading through the book of Psalms this week and I’m about to wear my highlighting pen out! There is just so much truth and so much wisdom stored up in this book of the Bible.
This morning I ran across this little nugget of truth and my mind just kept going back to it. Psalm 20:7-8 was just such a great reminder that I do not need anything else to trust in besides God. I don’t need to do enough or be enough because my God is more than enough.
“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm.”
There are so many things that we tend to trust in. Horses and chariots in that day symbolized power, strength, wealth, status, and success. When war was upon a nation they often sought help from neighboring nations who had many chariots and horses. Trusting in those things was trusting in all that a nation had been and had done. It was trusting in their power, their strength, their wealth, their status, and their success. Trusting horses and chariots was trusting in the physical instead of the spiritual.
When those hard times that we are in spiritual battle come to us, where do we seek our help from? Sadly, sometimes I looks to the things that make me feel powerful, strong, and important. I sometimes look to the chariots and the horses as my first help. That’s a lot of pressure! What if my chariots and horses aren’t enough? What if I haven’t been enough or done enough? What if those physical things I’m depending on aren’t strong enough?
Luckily, we aren’t called to trust in chariots and horses. We don’t have to feel the pressure to be sure our physical things are enough. My battle plan for overcoming the wars that I face should never hinge on those things. God’s word says that those things will fail me. They will make me fall and bring me to my knees. Things have no real power to save us. Only our Heavenly Father has the power to save us when we are in a battle.
Father, God, help us not to trust in horses and chariots or the power, strength, wealth, status, or success they symbolize. Help us to remember that the only way that we will be able to rise up and stand firm is by trusting in you. Father, we can’t trust in physical things to save us. We can’t trust in ourselves and our own merit. Lord, we don’t need to have enough or do enough or be enough because you are more than enough.
Love and blessings,