Psalm 20:1-9 – “May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble; may the name of the God of Jacob defend you; 2 May He send you help from the sanctuary, and strengthen you out of Zion; 3 May He remember all your offerings, and accept your burnt sacrifice.Selah
4 May He grant you according to your heart’s desire, and fulfill all your purpose. 5 We will rejoice in your salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners! May the LORD fulfill all your petitions.
6 Now I know that the LORD saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven with the saving strength of His right hand.
7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; but we will remember the name of the LORD our God. 8 They have bowed down and fallen; but we have risen and stand upright.
9 Save, LORD! May the King answer us when we call.” NKJV
The Psalmist captures the situation and the solution when we encounter times of darkness, difficulty and trial. He recognizes there is a problem “Day of Trouble” and the source of our help, “God of Jacob”. He reflects on the heart, God’s salvation and our proposed plan of action. He identifies that God does not fail to protect or come to the defense of His anointed and answers prayer. THEN without shifting gears he brings us face to face with a powerful and pertinent issue – “What or Who do we trust?”
- Some Trust the Arm of Flesh. (Chariots and Horses or the ability and equipment at man’s disposal or within his makeup.)
I have had people tell me more than once that God helps those who help themselves and He should not be bothered with what we can handle. There may be some elements of truth in that but if we TRUST in the Arm of Flesh the Arm of Flesh will fail us.
- We Will Remember The Name Of The Lord Our God. (The choice ever before us is TRUST. We can opt to trust our ability, resources or something natural or we can turn to the supernatural and the Arm of the Lord.)
He reminds us that those who choose the first option of the Arm of Flesh bow and fall. Failure is almost guaranteed in trusting the Flesh. He then reaffirms that those who choose the latter course of Trusting the Name of the Lord will rise and stand upright in victory.
I realize that making this blanket statement does not equip you to wage the spiritual warfare required for victories in life but it identifies where you need to turn. The apostle Paul informed us that the purpose of the ‘five-fold ministries’ in the Body of Christ is to “equip and train” believers for the work of ministry. We are informed that we are to put on the ‘whole armor’ of God and withstand the devil. God has the provisions, will guide through the preparation and empower us to STAND if we turn our Trust to the Name of The Lord! Never trust in your chariots or horses but always anchor you hope in THE LORD OUR GOD!
God bless you as you go through this day!