Chariots and Horses

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Chariots & Horses

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. Psalm 20:7-8

In the ancient world, the horse was a symbol of authority and power, while the chariot was the ultimate weapon, much like we might think of a tank or a fighter jet today. Men would sing Psalm 20 as they entered into battle under King David. David was a highly successful king and military leader who had an abundance of both horses and chariots, yet he chose instead to place his trust in the Lord, the same Lord who had first made a giant fall to a boy with nothing but a sling-shot and a stone.

I have found myself reading Psalm 20 over and over this past week, searching my heart for the “horses and chariots” that I have been leaning into for my identify, safety, and significance.

Sadly, it is all too easy, even for Jesus followers, to buy into the worldly values of self-reliance, treasure, status, and control. In reality, nothing– no horse, chariot, bank account, or position of influence– compares to the name of Jesus, to whom all power in Heaven and Earth has been given.

Why do we so easily settle for less?

Psalm 20 tells us to trust in the name of the Lord our God. To clarify what that means, Brennan Manning in his excellent book Ragamuffin Gospel states, “Trust that is at the mercy of the response it receives is a bogus trust. All is uncertainty and anxiety….Jesus asks us to trust with complete confidence.”

In other words, it is not trust when we tell the Lord to guide us toward comfort, stability, or success. Trust that is reliant on a specific response from God is not trust at all.

What are the “chariots and horses” you have been trusting for identity, safety, and significance? Are you willing to ask the hard question, to sit in the uncomfortable answer, and then to release the “horses and chariots” in your life and turn to Jesus?

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

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. Psalm 20:7-8

Peace,
Nick