Psalm 20:7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.
To trust in someone or something involves an act of the will. The focus of this trust is something that each individual must personally decide. David expressed as much when he said, “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God” (Psalm 20:7). David identified a few of the many things upon which one might trust. The Bible also refers to those who trust in vanity (Isaiah 59:4), others in lies (Jeremiah 7:8), and still others in riches (1 Timothy 6:17). Interestingly, the Lord does not force any individual to trust in Him, nor is anyone ever forced to trust in the things of this world. It is important to point out that one’s trust cannot be divided. An individual cannot simultaneously trust in vanity, riches, or lies while trusting in the Lord.
- (For children): Job chose to trust God when he lost his family, his health, and his wealth (Job 13:15a). The three Hebrew men trusted God when faced with a burning fiery furnace (Daniel 3:17-18). David chose to trust God when he was afraid (Psalm 56:3-4). Now, consider Ruth’s choice: Ruth 1:16; Ruth 2:11-12.
- (For everyone): What are some things upon which you rely? Have any of those things become the recipient of your trust? What will happen when, or if, those things are removed?
- The choice of trust is not a onetime decision. How often do you commit to trusting the Lord, only to find that your trust has veered toward the things of the world?
- Ask the Lord to help you examine the recipients of your trust.
- Ask the Lord to help you to be conscious of your trust.