Bread – Strong

May 20, 2016


Psalm 20

“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.”  Ps. 20:7-8

This is high poetry and I am carried away with its simple beauty.  But this is one of those passages which seems to speak to us today, but refers to old things – “chariots and horses.”  Why chariots and horses?  Don’t they go together?  Doesn’t take a horse to draw a chariot?  So why just believe in the chariot alone or, for that matter, the horse alone?

If you think about it, the beauty of this passage is that, in a few words, the Psalmist has basically set out the only things we can choose to rely upon.

Chariots can stand for those things which man as creator has made.  We make our tools, we make the Internet, we make books, we make airplanes, we make factories, we make houses to live in, we make cars, boats, and all kinds of means of talking, walking, and otherwise going.

And don’t we daily trust in the things we have made?  We trust our car will start.  We trust our lights will come on.  We trust our house will hold up in the storm.  We trust our chair to be sturdy when we sit in it.  We trust our technology to work.

Horses can stand for those things which God the creator has made.  God has made all of the animals and the birds and the insects, the rocks and the earth, the sky and the air, the universe and the stars.

And don’t we daily trust in the things God has made?  We trust our dog will bark.  We trust a snake will bite.  We trust a wasp will sting.  We trust water to run downhill.  We trust that there is air to breathe.  We trust that the sun will come up every morning.  We trust that night will come.  We trust that the stars are there even though clouds might hide them.  And we trust each other, we trust other people whom God has made.

So, the Psalmist is saying, more eloquently than I, that some people trust in what they have made  while other people trust in what God has made.

And, yet, there is a third place we can put our trust … a superior place … and that is in God Himself, in the “name” of God.  When we place our trust in the “name” of God, we are trusting everything that “name” embodies … Savior, King, Creator, Truth, Steadfastness, Promise-Keeper, Holy, Almighty, Eternal.

Who do we trust in?  Well, I suspect that if how we spend our time is any indicator, we spend 49% of our time trusting the things man has made, 49% of the time trusting the things God has made (including our fellow man), and 2% (and this generous) trusting God Himself.

And yet, the Psalmist reminds us that the things man has made will collapse, and at the end of time the things God has made will fall, but He Himself is strong and those who believe in Him will “rise and stand upright.”

Why do we spend so much time in fellowship with the weak, when we have an opportunity to spend eternity with the strong?

Maybe it is because we believe in ourselves so much that we believe that we are the creator, and thus we trust those things we have made, and we believe in ourselves and what is around us so much that we forget that those things too are made, just not by us.  But in a moment, they will be be gone and what will remain will be God and His people.

Trust in God first and everything else follows.  Trust in our toys, ourselves, or nature first, and nothing else follows.

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© 2016 GBF   All Scripture quotations are from the English Standard Version (2001), unless otherwise indicated.

 

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