Chariots and horses were the most dreaded war machines in David's day. The chariots were armed with long, curved blades protruding out from the sides that mowed down the enemy like grass. Such a sight was an imposing comparison to David's trust in the Lord. Yet, in Psalm 20 we see that David's trust was in God's power and not in man's power, just as it had been when he stood before a giant, armed with only a few smooth stones.
Trust is the foundation of every relationship. What happens to us when a loved one is unfaithful or a friend betrays you? What about a parent who is not there for you, the co-worker who undermines you for his own gain, or that Christian friend who chose to gossip about your prayer request? Today we have any number of reasons not to trust, yet God still calls us to trust in Him. In Proverbs 3:5 we read the familiar words, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding..." What a frightening thought if we do not trust that God is in control. 2Chronicles 16:9 reminds us that God's eyes "run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him." His word encourages us that "He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together" (Col 1:17). He is not only the Creator of the world, but also the Sustainer of it and we are under His protection. He says He will keep us in "perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You" (Isaiah 26:3). Again and again we read the promises of God Who created us, sustains us and never leaves nor forsakes us.
It is difficult for us to trust someone we don't know. The way to get to know a person is to spend time with him. As you get to know him, you learn the sound of his voice and see his faithfulness to his word. So too it is with Jesus. Psalm 119:130 says, "The entrance of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple..." By spending time getting to know God more and more, we grow in our ability and willingness to trust Him. We come to believe that truly, "all things work together for good to those who love God..." (Romans 8:28). Through His word we grow to know the One Who laid down His life that we might live forever.
A mighty steed pulling a royal chariot may be an imposing sight, but not to a young boy with a few smooth stones. "Some," he notes, "trust in chariots, and some in horses..." Will you, like David say, "But we trust in the name of the Lord our God."