When I think of chariots and horses my mind goes immediately to the famous chariot race scene in the epic movie, Ben Hur. The only way to watch that chariot race is on the edge of the seat! 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 our verse for today, 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 guaranty of victory.
Trusting “in His name” is trusting God Himself. Those who know His name will have an easier time trusting in 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. That trust comes through a close relationship.
Help me Lord, to completely trust Your loving heart.