Psalm 20:7

“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.”

I, of course, trust in the name of the Lord our God.  Um, well, sort of, anyway.

Chariots took soldiers away from the enemy to safety.  They also took them toward the enemy to fight for a cause.    It was customary for two men to ride in a chariot which was ordinarily pulled by two horses.  One man was there to drive and the other was there to fight.  Chariots were normally built very low to the ground so that one could easily and quickly get in to escape and out to fight.

I love this verse; its strength and simplicity are such a statement of faith and hope.  It reminds me so strongly that we can trust in the name of the Lord our God and it gives me fresh hope to know that I have chosen to trust in that Name Above All Names.  As I read it, though, I also have to ask myself, “In what areas of my life do I trust in chariots and horses rather than in God’s provision and protection?”

Is there a place where God is saying, “Wait.  Rest.  Be still and know that I am God.”  Am I hearing that or am I jumping on one of the chariots of life to stay busy or so that I can help a family member or friend escape a situation?  Because I have trusted a certain chariot to be our solution, what have I missed and what has that family member missed that was a needed strength, a building block for the next step in life.  What weak position is my friend in because I encouraged, perhaps even helped, her handle something quickly or in a very human way rather than waiting for God’s direction or provision?

When we forget to “…trust in the name of the Lord our God.” We don’t just take a wrong turn or influence someone else to take a wrong turn.  We miss out on an important strength that would have been built had we taken the time to understand the direction of God or see the provision of God.  It could have been one more building block in our faith and the faith of those around us.  Instead, it was just one more thing that we handled our own way and by our example helped others do the same.

So while the verse is truly a wonderful encouragement, it also reminds me to take a step back and evaluate the situations where I have been too quick to “shoot from the hip” or to stress myself out instead of looking to our God as I carry out the daily details of my life.  What an amazing blessing, what a tremendous encouragement, to know that we can “…trust in the name of the Lord our God.”