We Come in the Name of GodJanuary 31, 2018 - 12:00 am
Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. — Psalm 20:7
NOTE TO READERS: 2018 is an important year for Israel and the Jewish people as we celebrate the modern State of Israel’s 70th Birthday. As we mark this momentous milestone, we are offering 70 devotions between now and April 19th, Israel’s Independence Day, tied to our Keys to Israel – six fundamental principles underlying God’s covenantal relationship with His chosen people and His Holy Land built upon the acrostic I.S.R.A.E.L.
The next ten devotions focus on S-State of Israel, the embodiment of God’s promise to His people that Israel is their rightful, eternal inheritance.
Psalm 20 is among the most well-known of all psalms. In the Jewish tradition, it is part of the daily prayer service because it speaks to the various struggles that we grapple with daily. Its message is beautifully summed up in verse 7: “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.” No matter what battle we are fighting in life right now, and no matter how much things seem to be not in our favour, God can help us be victorious.
This psalm, penned by King David, is reminiscent of his very first battle when he took on the giant Goliath. Everyone tried to talk him out of fighting the giant. David was just a boy, so small that the armour King Saul offered him only weighed him down, so he went into battle unprotected — in physical armour, that is. David came fully armoured in the most impenetrable armour that exists – David came clothed in the name of God. He said to the giant Goliath, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty . . . ” (1 Samuel 17:45). And with God’s help, David took that giant down.
What battles are you fighting today? Call on the name of God. With God on our side, we can slay any giant and overcome all adversity. No matter how big the obstacles seem, our God is bigger. No matter how mighty the enemy might seem, our God is even stronger. Let God fight your battles today – and every day – and you will be victorious.