Today my whole family got vaccinated for H1N1 (that’s a whole “can-o-worms” these days). As I walked from the hospital, I felt a little relief that we had taken some measures to keep healthy; but at the same time, I consciously tried to remind myself that my whole trust cannot be in a mere man-made precaution.
Many moons ago, before there were tanks and air planes and guns, there were horses and chariots. Kingdoms built up their store of pure bred horses and magnificent chariots as a way to arm themselves in the event of war. I can just imagine a king sitting back in his throne with a sense of relief as his army general reports that they have surpassed other kingdoms in equine and equipment. David was a king in those times.
It was his words that have been ringing in my mind these past few days: “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God .” The journey to David’s kingship and his rule was full of ups and downs. There were times when his kingdom and army were well prepared with horses and with chariots and there were other times that David spent days on the run from his enemy, hiding in caves and cliffs with his few rebel followers.
He knew what it was like to be as prepared as possible and also what it was like to be defenseless. But, he also knew where his true trust should lie. Physically prepared or physically defenseless, his true trust remained in only what is completely trustworthy – the name of his Lord. I pray that I hold to Jesus in times of turbulence.
That I would not put my true trust in needles or machines, in how much money is in my bank account, in how many friends I have on Facebook, in how well I can cook or in how muscular I look (hmmpff)! My utmost trust must rest with the One who has already seen the future, who calls me His child and who promises to do only what is for my good.
“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.”
– Psalm 20:7 (NIV)
“Dear Lord, this life is so unpredictable and out of my control. Help me to use the wisdom that You give me to be prepared and make right choices, but help me never to put all my trust in anything or anyone besides You. You hold my life in Your hands….”