The bond between a horse and its owner can be so special. Through lots of time and patient training, the horse and owner can have a relationship like no other. It may be that a horse races up to see you, neighs a greeting at the sight of you, or follows you everywhere wanting your attention. Their loyalty and intelligence is impressive. After much time spent together a high degree of trust can be established and they can remember you after months of separation.
In today’s verse, one can choose to place their confidence in their horses and chariots or in the name of the Lord. I am so glad that now horses are not used so much for war, but in biblical times they were important to battle effectively. Victory or defeat was largely determined by who had the sturdiest chariots and the swiftest horses.
The choice presented in this verse is basically the same today. I can choose to place my trust in my own efforts and resources, or I 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 myself is no guaranty of victory. It is trusting in His name and who He is that changes the outcome of my battle. However, I cannot trust who I do not know. It is only through a close relationship with Him that I can develop that trust. The more I get to know Him, the more likely I am to absolutely depend on Him. The more time I spend with Him, the more I am convinced of just how trustworthy He is!
Lord, keep me close and trusting You.