Fear. Nightmares. Day-mares. The daily news shows our reality. Another school shooting. More death. More horrors everyday, everywhere.
When 9/11 happened, our youngest son was 2 1/2 years old. We had to finally turn off any news coverage of the events if he was awake, because he was terrified that those bad guys were going to crash an airplane into our house. We had to keep reminding him that we weren’t near the big cities where it happened. And we prayed everyday for God’s protection for our family, our nation and our President.
In Psalm 20, David is doing the same thing. In verse 1 he prays, “May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble! May the name of the God of Jacob protect you.”(ESV) What is the day of trouble? A financial crisis? A marriage falling apart? The sickness or death of a loved one or even a child? Where do you turn for answers in these times of trouble? “May He send you help from the sanctuary and give you support from Zion.”(vs 2 ESV) Do you cry out to God in those times of struggle, of pain, of loss?
I love verse 7, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.”(ESV) I’ve heard people say, “Might is right” or “Only the strong survive”, but still God’s chosen people survive. Even with the Hitlers, the Inquisition, the pogroms of Russia and Eastern Europe, they survive; they thrive. Even with the persecution, the martyrdom, the ridicule His Church survives and grows. Why? “Now I know that the Lord saves His anointed.”(vs 6 ESV) God protects. God provides. God comforts. God answers. God saves.
“We trust in the name of the Lord our God.”(vs 7 ESV) There is no name higher! “There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved”(Acts 4:12 ESV) “At the name of Jesus every knee should bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,to the glory of God the Father.”(Philippians 2:10-11 ESV) That name! I trust in that name for my salvation, for strength in time of trial, for comfort in grief, for my eternal life. Where is your trust?