Monday, June 22, 2009

No King is Saved By His Great Army

The king is not saved by his great army; a warrior is not delivered by his great strength.
The war horse is a false hope for salvation, and by its great might it cannot rescue.

Psalm 33:16-17

Trials and obstacles are part and parcel of living in this fallen world. These days it can seem like bad news is lurking just round the corner - widespread financial collapse, rising unemployment, H1N1 virus, turmoil in the Middle East, etc... Maybe your concerns are much closer to home - perhaps you're concerned about holding on to your job or you have mounting personal debt or you're dealing with a chronic illness in your family.

In times like these, it's easy to locate our confidence in the wrong place. Perhaps Psalm 33 was written in response to such mounting pressure. If you're fighting a battle, it makes all the sense in the world to put your confidence in the size and abilities of your army. It wouldn't seem altogether unreasonable to hope in the battle tested assets that might secure victory.

Yet, the Psalmist reminds himself and us of the folly of such thinking. Despite conventional wisdom, no king is saved by such things. He looked beyond the means of salvation to the source of salvation - the LORD, the eternal God who is able and willing to rescue those who fear Him.

Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love,
that he may deliver their soul from death and keep them alive in famine.

Psalm 33:18-19

When you encounter the next trial or challenge - whether at work or at home, whether great or small, where do you plan to locate your hope?


Halfmom said...

An excellent reminder in a troubling time, especially for me. Thanks for reminding us to "look up".

Craver Vii said...

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

Jimmy said...

Craver iiV -- great verse! thanks for sharing it. this is on to put to memory, especially in days like we are living now.

thanks again, God Bless you

jimmy said...

Craver Vii - Sorry about the misspelled name - dyslexia rules

Every Square Inch said...

susan - keep looking up

Craver - thanks for sharing the verse

Jimmy - thanks for stopping by with your thoughts

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