May 12

Written by Bill Grandi on May 12th, 2021

Installment #3 in these posts from Psalm 19 & 20 is found in 20: 7-8- “Some nations boast of their chariots and horses, but we boast in the name of the Lord our God. Those nations will fall down and collapse, but we will rise up and stand firm.” (NLT). The ESV uses the word “trust” instead of “boast.”

It’s really not hard to see what David was getting at. Another verse comes into play here from Psalm 33:17- “The war horse is a false hope for salvation, and by its great might it cannot rescue.”

Throughout Biblical history and now into 2021, man has always thought he knew better. We’ve taken credit where credit is not due…except to God. We’ve tried to fight the battles on our own. We’ve trusted in earthly means to make things right.

In Galatians 4 Paul is talking about being enslaved and being free. He shows the difference between Isaac and Ishmael. He says something I saw for the first time this morning and it amplifies Psalm 20:7. Paul writes, “The son of the slave wife was born in a human attempt to bring about the fulfillment of God’s promise. But the son of the freedom wife was born as God’s own fulfillment of his promise. (4:28) (NLT) (Emphasis mine)

He is contrasting do-it-yourself vs do-it-God’s-way. Same as Psalm 20:7, i.e. trust in horses and chariots or trust in God.

The lesson is obvious: whom will you (and I) trust? In whom or in what will you place your trust?

“Father, there should be only one answer to those questions: I will trust in You. As the mess between Isaac and Ishmael was then and still is today, help me to see the disaster that occurs when I take matters into my own hands and place my trust where it shouldn’t be.”


4 Comments so far ↓

  1. Ryan S. says:

    Slavery vs Freedom… too often I shackle up by choice… making decisions that will lead me down the path of the horses and chariots vs the Lord our God; binding me to the very things that God wants to free me from.
    I Need to remember God has provided me a nice pair of God-powered bolt cutters to get through those chains!

    • Bill Grandi says:

      Well said Ryan and a great word picture! I need to use those bolt cutters also.

  2. We make so many unnecessary mistakes when we decide to take things into our own hands, Bill. Let us give everything over to God!