Psalm 20:7 “Some trust in chariots and some in horses,”
Yes, Lord, we often trust in other powers: money, might or men of position. Sometimes we trust in training, technology and theological systems. And sometimes we trust in planning, persuasion and people.
But all of these fall far short of what we actually need; all are pitifully weak in comparison to our enemies–the world, our flesh and the devil–while you are immensely more powerful than any of them. “I called to the LORD, who is worthy of praise….He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me” (Ps. 18:3,17).
All our enemies are less than nothing in comparison to you, Lord Jesus, the Star-breather, the Earth-spinner, the Dawn-bringer, the History-ender. You defeated them all in your death and resurrection. Therefore we must reject confidence in anything else but you.]
“but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.”
[You are the only One who is trustable to the end: you are the eternal God of all might, the everlasting Lord of all power, the undying Creator of every creature, the ongoing Ruler of all dominions and kingdoms, the endless Lord of all principalities and powers. No one and nothing can stand against you.
You have a plan for each of us and you will bring it to pass, as we follow you: “The LORD foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples. But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations” (Ps. 33:10,11).
You, Lord God, can do no evil, no wrong, no sin; you only do what is good and righteous and wise–therefore in you we can trust. In your Name we can exalt by believing and obeying your Word, for “the LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold” (Ps. 18:2). Praise be to you!]
Help us to walk today in the greatness of who you are, Lord Jesus, rejecting our tendency to primarily trust in other helps, which are feeble and futile.
Help us to instead trust in you, coming to you immediately in prayer and dependence, believing you to use whatever you chose to protect, provide and guide us through this day. Praise be to you now for how you will work, our great eternal King and everlasting powerful Savior.