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Some Trust in Chariots

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“Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.” (Psalm 20:7)

Here the Psalmist uses poetry to show the contrast of choices that have faced people in every generation through the ages– and prevail even in our own times today.

chariotsChariots and horses — or God.

Chariots and horses; these two images are always associated with the great empires of the past — Egyptian, Babylonian, Persian, Greek, and Roman. The Psalmist uses the image of chariot and horse to symbolize “the power of the flesh.”

Simply put — he is posing a contrast of choices: trusting in yourself and others, or trusting in the Lord.

To further underscore this biblical theme Isaiah the Prophet joins his voice with the Psalmist — “Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the LORD!” (Isa.31:1). And then Isaiah explains what he means — “Now the Egyptians are men, and not God; and their horses flesh, and not spirit.” (31:3).

Like the Psalmist, Isaiah is posing a contrast of choices — trusting in yourself and others, or trusting in the Lord. Trusting in the power of the flesh…or the power of the Spirit. What or Who are you trusting in these days?

Some trust in Government – a foolish choice indeed. “Put not your trust in princes (i.e., politicians), nor in the son of man in whom there is no help” (Psalm146:3). Surely you have learned by now how true this is!

Some trust in Gold – yet another foolish choice.  Paul wrote, “Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God” (1Ti 6:17). Oh, how easy it is for the wealthy to “trust in their riches” — yet at the same time, as Jesus said, “How hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!” (Mar 10:24).

As for me and my house, we will trust in God. The Psalmist writes, “We will remember the name of the Lord our God.” The word remember used in this verse basically means “to mention, and to make known.” The Amplified BIble reads, “we will trust in and boast of the name of the Lord our God.”

Let the life-giving and soul-cleansing power of these verses sweep over your soul today:

“Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.” Psalm 2:12

“Let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.” Psalm 5:11 

“Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!”  Psalm 31:19 

“The LORD redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.” Psalm 34:22

“Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.” Psalm 37:3 

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