When I think of chariots and horses my mind goes immediately to the famous chariot race scene in the epic movie, Ben Hur. It took five weeks to film this nine minute segment and the studio used 15 thousand extras for the crowd of spectators. There was an infirmary created especially for this scene because of the potential for injury. There were no injuries, however, except some bad cases of sunburn. Three life-like dummies were strategically placed to give the appearance of bodies run over by the chariots.
Horses and chariots were important instruments of war in biblical times. The winning side in a battle were often those with the best built chariots and the swiftest horses. In today’s verse, one can choose to place their confidence in their horses and chariots or in the name of the Lord. The choice is basically the same today. We can choose to place our trust in our own efforts, or we can depend on the strength of the Lord. It is the Lord who gives victory with the power of His right hand. (verse 6) To trust in oneself is no guarantee of victory.
Trusting “in His name” is trusting God Himself. The more I know Him personally and not just know “of Him,” the easier it will be to trust Him. (Psalm 9:10) When I lack confidence in Him, I am doubting either His goodness, His control, or His power. The more I get to know Him, the more likely I am to absolutely depend on Him. It is only through a growing relationship that this trust can come. And getting to know and trust Him is worth every effort!
Help me Lord, to completely trust Your loving heart.