How do you respond when your heart is anxious? I don’t know about you, but I often start searching for a reason to feel better. My eyes scan the landscape of this world for some reassurance. Maybe I’ll check my bank account balance. Maybe I’ll google “covid vaccine” to see if there’s any new developments there. Maybe I’ll read articles that will bring me some comfort regarding our nation’s political situation.
There’s nothing wrong with pursuing financial stability, praying for life-saving medical developments, and advocating for our preferred political candidate. But none of these worldly reassurances bring lasting security. There is only One who can calm our anxious hearts with His perfect peace.
“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.” (Psalm 20:7)
When King David wrote this psalm, his source of worldly reassurance would be his military might. Even though God gave him great success and peace for the nation of Israel during his reign, David knew that his strongest army would mean nothing without the Lord.
Notice how David doesn’t just say he trusts in the Lord – he says he trusts in the name of the Lord. Throughout the Old Testament, the name of the Lord is associated with the Lord’s covenant promises and presence with His people (see Deuteronomy 12:11, Proverbs 18:10, Joel 2:32). His name is tied to His faithfulness to keep all His promises. His name was how He revealed His character. David trusts in the Lord, the perfect promise-keeper.
And notice those two important words at the end of the verse: “our God.” The Lord isn’t just the God, He’s our God. David was a descendent of Abraham and part of the nation of Israel who were chosen to be God’s people. And because of Christ’s sacrifice for us, we’ve been adopted into God’s family. We are His, and He is ours. In Christ, we can cry out to the Lord of the universe and call Him our God and Father.
No matter what you face this week, you can trust in the name of the Lord your God.Share