June 18, 2018

Psalm 20:7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.

Psalm 20 is thought by some to be a song/prayer for the eve of battle. On this Father’s Day I’m guessing that many of us can remember war movies that our Dad’s enjoyed. My father liked Patton, starring George C. Scott in the title role, having been a WWII veteran himself. I am fond of Shakespeare’s Henry V and the great pre-battle speech he delivers before taking on the French (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-yZNMWFqvM). It is where the title of the TV series “Band of Brothers” originated. I have never been in battle and at this stage of life it is doubtful I will have to. But I have heard enough about the fog of war where the unexpected occurs and read of victories by the seemingly smaller forces to know that many who go to battle believe that a greater hand controls the destiny. The line above from the psalm expresses this eloquently. I’m sure they took the chariots and horses into battle with them but they expressed their ultimate trust in their God. We all fight our smaller, personal battles, hardly forth being compared to military combat but important to us none the less. Where do we put our trust? In our abilities, our possessions, our place in society? What does it mean for you to “trust in the name of the LORD our God?”

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