OUR TEXT READS
Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God. (Psalms 20:7)
When David made this declaration, the Israelite soldiers were confronted with vast multitudes of horsemen and chariots deployed by the king of Syria and his allies.
King David’s army was completely outnumbered and no doubt the military strength of the opposition would have caused great fear amongst his men.
Remarkably, the king did not dwell on the facts however, he focused on the ability of God to deliver the Israelite troops from the formidable Assyrian forces.
This was not the first time that David uttered such a profound statement, in 1 Samuel 17:45 he declared to the mighty Goliath
Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.
Prior to this encounter, God had delivered David from the paws of both a bear and a lion! All these experiences would have strengthened his faith and confidence in God, the king could therefore declare in our text “…but we will remember the name of the Lord our God.” Psalms 20:7
The word Lord here is ‘Jehovah’ which means two things:
- The self-existing one!
- The covenant-keeping God!
In Psalms 20:6 David says concerning Him “Now know I that the Lord saveth his anointed; he will hear him from His holy heaven with the saving strength of His right hand.”
The phrase “with the saving strength of his right hand” brings us back to the time when God demonstrated His mighty power by delivering the children of Israel from Egypt, the land of bondage and oppression (Exodus 15:4-6) In another account, the Lord stood in the midst of the burning fiery furnace with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego “…upon whose bodies the fire had no power…neither was their coats changed…” Daniel 3:27
Believers, our God is all-knowing and all-powerful; with Him all things are possible!
And if He did it then, Jehovah will surely save and deliver today!