Chariots, Comments and Compliments

Some trust in chariots, others in horses,
    but we trust the Lord our God.

- Psalm 20:7 -

I've never owned a horse.

I've never even ridden in a chariot, much less, owned one.
But somehow, I don't think that's the point of this passage (could be wrong).

Even though I've never been in a position of national or military leadership (or any other scenario that would justify my riding in a chariot), I've certainly been in a position of misplaced trust. 

I've found confidence in circumstance.
In Chariots.

I don't know much about chariots, but what I do know is that they're not the point here. 

This isn't about chariots and horses, but rather what they represent.
At this point in history, if you had chariots and horses, it meant you were fit for battle. 
And the more you had, the greater your chance of dominance.
And as Solomon so accurately stated, "Nothing under the sun is truly new."
Then and now, mankind has always had (and always will have) the desire to be dominant.
Then and now, mankind has always had (and always will have) the desire to be elevated.
(Perhaps this is why Jesus so aptly taught the value of denying ourselves.)

I find this to be a daily battle.

Who doesn't want their ego stroked?
Who doesn't want an elevated sense of self-worth?
Even if your deepest desire is self-denial, it's still a daily grind (Luke 9:23).

And in this "Tell me I'm pretty" // "Look at me" // "Selfie" day and age, it's rampant.


What are people saying about me?

How does this make me look?
Does my hustle hang with theirs?
Does my anointing (for the church community) answer theirs?

Chariots may physically be a thing of the past, but I believe they are still very much present.

On our screens.
In our conversations.

How's that?
Comments and Compliments.


What are people saying about me?
How does this make me look?
Does my hustle hang with theirs?
Does my anointing (for the church community) answer theirs?

Every. Day.


We all place our trust in something.

You are doing it right now.
If you're sitting as you read this, you're trusting whatever structure currently supporting you not to crumble. 
If you're standing, same thing.
You may not even realize you're trusting.
But that's the beauty of trust.
When it's true, doubt stays far.
Its proven itself trustworthy.
And as a result, its provided you with confidence.

So the question then becomes, "What/Whom are you placing your trust in?"

Intentionally.
Mindlessly.
What/Whom is the source of your confidence?

If it's horses and chariots, your dominance will become your demise.


Horses can’t bring victory;
    they can’t save by their strength.

- Psalm 33:17 -

Comments and Compliments. 
They come. 
They crumble.
They're circumstantial.
They're conditional.

Some trust in chariots, others in horses,
    but we trust the Lord our God.

Psalm 20:7 -

If your confidence is in comments and compliments, you'll never be consistently confident.


The grass dies and the flowers fall,
    but the word of our God will live forever.

Isaiah 40:8 - 

There is only one source of consistent confidence. 

His Name is Christ.

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