TODAY’S READING: PSALM 18-21
“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand upright.” – Psalm 20:7-8
Egypt chased Israel towards the Red Sea with chariots and horses (Exodus 14:9). Moses wrote that when Israel would desire a king over themselves that the king should not have many horses (Deuteronomy 17:16). Throughout the Old Testament, chariots and horses are a picture of the military strength of a nation. As Psalm 20 says, this is what some people trust in – the military strength of a nation.
But, those following the king of Israel – who is, of course, Jesus Christ – trust in the name of the Lord. To trust in the name of the Lord means to trust in his character, in his nature.
Jesus revealed exactly what the character of God is. Jesus was the image of God (Colossians 1:15). And, he is exact imprint of God’s nature, the radiance of God’s glory (Hebrews 1:3).
What exactly is the nature of God that Jesus revealed?
1 John 1:5 says, “This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is not darkness at all.”
1 John 4:16, 18 says, “So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love…There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.”
1 John 5:11-12 says, “And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.
So, the name of God, the character of God, that Jesus revealed is:
- God is light and not darkness
- God is love and not fear
- God is life and not death.
Light is truth. Darkness is lies.
Fear leads to hate. Jesus said those who hate have already committed murder in their heart.
Isaiah 53:9 says that the servant of God, Jesus, did no violence and no deceit was on his lips. Here we see Jesus reveal light and love.
Jesus laid down his life only to take it up again. Death had nothing in him, no part of him at all, and so he was able to rise to life from death.
Therefore, instead of trusting in the military strength of any nation, Christians are to trust in the name, the character and nature, of God, which is light, love, and life.
Those who trust in chariots and horses, military strength, will collapse and fall.
Those who trust in the name of God – light, love, and life – will rise and stand upright.
As the church, the bride of Christ, those who are servants of the king, we must put away any appearance, – any appearance at all – of trusting in the military might of any nation.