Week beginning: 15th June, 2014
By Mark Mullins | London
Now know I that the LORD saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand. Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God. They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright.Psalm 20:6-8 (KJV)
This Psalm challenges all of us about where we put our confidence when we need help. First it applies to our salvation from the eternal conscious punishment by a holy God that our sin deserves.
Verse 7 contrasts the two approaches to facing this danger. Trusting in chariots and horses is analogous to trusting our own efforts and our own resources to save ourselves. However the Psalmist speaks of the Lord saving his anointed with the saving strength of his right hand to those who call upon him. Salvation is by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8): it is a free gift imparted to us through faith. That free gift was purchased by God sending his own Son to suffer once for sins: the just in place of the unjust, to lead us to God (1 Peter 3:18).
The life we live as Christians should also be through faith and not our own efforts and resources. Difficulties at work, at church or at home should be met through faith which is exercised in the Psalm by prayer (v.6 – He will hear from his holy heaven and v.7 – remembering the name of the Lord our God). May we each look to the Lord to deliver us this week from the perils we face however large they seem.
1) Bring to the Lord in prayer those difficulties you face, trusting in Him for the answers.
2) Pray for the Summer Justice Mission team as they prepare to go to Africa