Scripture for today: Psalm 20:7 “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord.”
Who remembers that 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. He is absolutely worthy of my trust but sometimes I overestimate my own abilities and efforts. I am so prone to feelings of self-sufficiency. It seems easier to just handle things in my own strength and in my own way. The results, though, are never as good as dependence on Him. Having confidence in His goodness, control and power gives Him the open door to do some amazing things above and beyond all I could ask or or even imagine! (Eph. 3:20)
Help me Lord, to completely trust Your plan and Your power.