“Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.”

Psalm 20:7

A careful reading of the Psalm surrounding today’s verse finds a sort of battle hymn to be sung by the people of Israel as their king as he lead their nation’s fighting forces marching to war. The song starts off as a prayer for God’s blessing on their God-ordained king, seeking victory through him in a “day of trouble,” but it shifts from a request for victory to a declaration of confidence that God will  give their king victory.

What’s instructive for us today as Christians is the contrast noted by our psalm between Israel and their enemies. The Israelites are not sure of victory because they believe in their king’s superior prowess in war, which their enemies might do. They also did not put their hope in their military’s superior weapons and technology—chariots were the armored tanks of their day. No, the psalm directs God’s people to find confidence in their God–to believe that their decisive advantage in battle was that God favored them and loved them, and so he would give them victory through their anointed king against their enemy.

Father, we too trust in You. In fact, You have already given victory over death to our Anointed King, Jesus. And in our own “day of trouble,” we do not put our hope in our own strength or wisdom, but we put our hope in You. We believe You will help us in the “day of trouble.” 

Amen.