As We Face Battles… – Part 3: Let’s Trust in the Name of the Lord!
“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” (Psalm 20:7 NIV)
In the time of battle, the Israelites were praying and looking to God. They knew that they couldn’t rely on anything or anyone else. So the people sang these words from a Psalm of David: “Some trust in chariots and horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God”!
In that day, chariots were the most sophisticated piece of equipment in warfare. And horses spoke of strength. But the king and the people were putting their trust in the name of the Lord. To put your trust in his name means to put your trust in his character, his power, his love, and his faithfulness. The Israelites were putting their trust in who God is when they asked for his help on behalf of their king in time of battle. They said, “This we know…” and proceeded to proclaim what God would do. They knew that in the heat of the battle, chariots could get stuck in the mud and a horse could be maimed; but no one could defeat the Lord!
So here’s the secret when we face our own battles today: We fight the good fight, as the apostle Paul said in the New Testament. But we acknowledge that it is God who gives the victory. We hang on, but we recognize that it is the Lord who has to hold us.
Unfortunately, God’s people don’t always do this when a battle is waged against them spiritually or emotionally. Some obsess about what is going on and worry and try to do things in their own strength; and they get worn out in the process. Others boast in the money they have or the people they know or the degree they have attained; and they find that these things give way when they try to lean on them. But if we rely on the Lord, Scripture tells us that we will never be put to shame.
Today, if you’re struggling with a difficult situation in your life or in the life of a loved one, don’t put your trust in “chariots or horses,” and don’t feel bad for yourself. Instead, put your trust in the name of the Lord, as the Israelites did. You will then be able to say, “If God is for us, who can be against us?... No, in all these things we are more than conquerors though him who loved us” (Romans 8:31, 37).
Read Psalm 20:7-9.