“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.” (20:7-8)
Replace chariots and horses with nuclear power and the American military and think on this verse again.
We, in the west, are obsessed with safety. One of my professors in Bible college suggested safety was the true American God. I wasn’t ready to go that far, but the assertion has stayed with me.
“Be exalted, O LORD, in Your strength! We will sing and praise Your power.” (21:13)
How do I exalt the strength and power of the LORD? I can say I trust in Him, and cover myself in these words like a warm, fuzzy blanket, but David wrote many Psalms while hiding in a cave, running for his life. Is my trust anything like David’s?
There have been many moments in my life where I’ve been deeply shaken and this song has filled my mouth:
“On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.”
This usually slips out when I realize I was standing on something sinking and in that moment of panic, grab the Rock.
The LORD left instructions, in Deuteronomy 17 for the future kings of Israel, and verse 16 tells them not to get horses from Egypt. Don’t return to Egypt for help. Didn’t you see me destroy them without any help from horses or your common military tactics? I will continue to fight for you. Trust in me, not earthly strategies.
What are my safety nets? What back up plan have I set up just in case the LORD lets me fall? This wouldn’t work in a marriage; keeping secret bank accounts and separate social circles. Am I doing that with the LORD?
To be sure, there are areas of my life I have grown to trust the LORD with; but other areas remain. What are yours? What is keeping you us from trusting Him, the Only Solid Rock?
Be glorified in us as we trust you, LORD!