In David’s day of military conquest and nation threatening nation through warfare the most impressive and intimidating of all weaponry was that of chariots and horses. Kings and generals depended on these to give them the victory in battle, and when the odds seemed stacked against them it was to the chariots and horses that they turned for security and hope. Their trust was firmly in the things of that age and world. But David says that he and his people trust instead in the name of the Lord. Chariots and horses were signs of strength in ancient times, so the psalmist is contrasting where the followers of God get their strength vs. other paths to power. One of the... problems with horses and chariots is that there will always be faster chariots and stronger horses to contend with, so the person who puts his trust in them has to live with the anxiety of how long his advantage will last. In contrast, there is no force that will ever displace God, so the person who trusts in the name of the Lord has peace. Those who put their trust in other things apart from God will fall while those who put their trust in God will stand. It is very dangerous to put your trust in humankind; if you do you will be disappointed. If you put your trust in God, you are secure. Make your choice today; who will you trust in!
Rev. Karen Washington
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