Psalm 20:7-8 – “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; but we will remember the name of the LORD our God. They have bowed down and fallen; but we have risen and stand upright.”
It is a human instinct to trust in one’s own resources or the resources available to him. It takes the grace of God to enable us to trust not in ourselves but in Him. To trust in anything but God is seen as a lack of faith in God.
In Deuteronomy 17, the following instructions were given to kings – “When you come to the land which the LORD your God is giving you, and possess it and dwell in it, and say, ‘I will set a king over me like all the nations that are around me,’ you shall surely set a king over you whom the LORD your God chooses; one from among your brethren you shall set as king over you; you may not set a foreigner over you, who is not your brother. But he shall not multiply horses for himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt to multiply horses, for the LORD has said to you, ‘You shall not return that way again” (vs. 14-16). God didn’t want the king to accumulate too much wealth or multiple wives or many horses. Why? God didn’t want his kings to increase their susceptibility or fuel their temptation to glory in their own accomplishments. He didn’t want them to trust in their own resources.
Psalm 33:16-19 reminds us, “No king is saved by the multitude of an army; a mighty man is not delivered by great strength. A horse is a vain hope for safety; neither shall it deliver any by its great strength. Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him, on those who hope in His mercy.” To trust in God’s creation or man’s technology for deliverance is “a vain hope.”
Or consider Psalm 147:10-11: “He does not delight in the strength of the horse; he takes no pleasure in the legs of a man. The LORD takes pleasure in those who fear Him, in those who hope in His mercy.”
Do we ever need this humility and honesty in America!
We love our military technology and ginormous air craft carriers and insanely fast fighter jets and brave, wise, and strong infantry.
And while I am not meaning to “dog” patriotism or criticize someone for supporting soldiers and our country, to place your trust in them is wrong and when you do you are guilty of stealing God’s glory.
When you trust in anything but God, you are misplacing the right means of deliverance and power; it is never in us. Trust not in man. We are not special and should never view ourselves as such.