It is so difficult to trust in the right thing. We see people; we want to trust them. We see the stock market; we want to trust it. We see money; we want to trust it.
We desperately want to trust something tangible because we are visual beings. It's very difficult for us to trust someone or something we can't see. But as believers, that's exactly what we're called to do. If we trust in people, in the stock market, in money, or, as these verses state, in chariots and horses, we do so at our own risk. We're only safe when we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
Understanding that God is the only One in Whom we can safely put our trust has both long-term and immediate implications. Long-term, we can rest in the knowledge that although we cannot see Jesus now, we have the hope that we will see Him in heaven someday. But the psalmist isn't talking about that; he's talking about today. He's looking over the hill at an army with state-of-the-art chariots and well-trained horses. Humanly speaking, there's no doubt who's going to win the battle. But the psalmist doesn't trust in human strength; he trusts in God. And as a result, he is able to say with confidence that his enemies will be brought to their knees, and he will stand firm.
On whom do we rely for our promotions—our bosses or God? On whom do we depend for our paychecks—our companies or God? Who decides whether the big deal goes through—the decision-maker or God? Who vindicates us when we've been wronged—our lawyers or God?
When we're preparing for a big meeting, when we have to make an important decision, or when we're waiting for someone to call us with the big news, we can anxiously pace around the room, or we can take our concerns to Jesus. After all, He's the One Who's ultimately in control of what's going on.