What are you trusting in this morning?
Week beginning: 23rd October, 2016 | By Gavin Callaghan | Perth
'Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.'Psalm 20 v 7 (ESV, 2011)
Psalm 20 is an eve of battle Psalm. We might envisage David and his armies ready to march off to war. The people pray for the King, and he responds. All are confident that God will deliver the King, and through him, them. The background to verse 7 can be found in Deuteronomy 17:14-16. There, God said He would allow his people to have a King 'of His choosing', subject to the caveat that the King 'must not acquire many horses for himself' (ESV 2011).
Some interpret this as a prohibition on keeping horses or chariots full stop, but I disagree. Rather, I think God was warning against accumulating resources in which the King and his people would anchor their trust, rather than relying on God.
In truth, do we not often trust in the wrong things: our expertise, our fee income, or our reputation? These are not bad things, but they must always be understood in terms of our paramount relationship: with God.
David could rightly be confident, because that wasn't where he was placing his trust. No, his trust was in God.
Where are you anchoring your trust this morning?
- Pray that our hope wouldn't be in earthly things but that we would instead entrust everything to God.
- Pray for Mike Ovey and our other conference speakers as they prepare for the National Conference on 4-6 November.