Words from the Heart for Sunday February 5th, 2017
Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; but we will remember the name of the Lord our God.
Psalm 20:7 (NKJV)
Our Trust is in The Lord
Chariots and horses were not meant for leisure. They were used for war! As armies in Bible times went out to battle, their strength was in the number of their chariots. We, too, are in a battle today. This battle is not fought with natural weapons but we do need victory over our enemy. The Name of the Lord our God is the best weapon we have. We can put our trust in Him.
Some people are just too trusting and it is that trust in people that gives thieves the ability to scam innocent people. Take Mrs. Milligan from Toronto, for example. She was told she had won $1.6 million. As part of the ruse, fraudsters mailed a cheque for over $16,000 which Milligan deposited. She was instructed to send part of the proceeds of the cheque to an address and keep the balance. She did, waiting first for the cheque to clear with TD Canada Trust, which it did. Milligan was told she would later receive the balance of the lottery winnings, which never happened. After sending off the money on Milligan’s instructions, TD Canada Trust later declared the original cheque a counterfeit with no value and held Mrs. Mulligan responsible.
The old saying that “no man is an island” is true. It always has been and always will be. Human beings are not made to live in isolation from the human race. In fact, a hermit is considered somewhat odd. We lean on each other. Think about the last time you asked someone for advice. It is likely that this was relatively recently since we often recognize our need for others to help us make good decisions and live life wisely. While we can gain wisdom and help from other people, ultimately it is God to whom we should look for advice. King David recognized this and wrote in Psalm 20:7 “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; but we will remember the name of the Lord our God.” There is always a temptation to put our trust in human power and human advice. This has been obvious throughout history. Nations have put their hopes in their military, only to lose a war and be thrown into turmoil. Others put their trust in their bank account, only to lose everything in an economic downturn. Still others put their trust in their health care professionals, only to remain ill. David knew that only by trusting in the name of the unchanging God who created everything and who continues to hold the world in His care do we have the assurance that we will walk in victory and have the help we need for the challenges that come our way each day.
These have been words from the heart.