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Where Do We Place Our Trust – I Place Mine In Jesus

Psalm 20:7

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.

Where do we place our trust? Planning ahead is something some do and some do not. I’m a planner myself. As I age – I’m starting to get more and more info on retirement (and senior discounts – sweet). I was talking to someone the other day about retirement and they said they hadn’t thought much about it yet (and they were older too). I have been planning for retirement (even though I hope it is 3-10 years off) since I was 25 and first married. I wouldn’t say I put my trust in my retirement plan – but I have one. I am a planner.

Where do we place our trust? In the NFL – my favorite team (the Baltimore Ravens) – has a general manager named Ozzie Newsome. General managers are very important to NFL teams. General managers draft players – sign players – and work out contracts for players. They have others who work with them – but the saying around Baltimore is – in Ozzie we trust. Ozzie is a planner. Even when we as fans do not see the merit in a trade or a signing – someone will post in Ozzie we trust. The same can be said about the Baltimore Orioles – I often see in Buck we trust – when he makes a managerial move that we may not understand. Both Buck and Ozzie are planners too.

Where do we place our trust? When you need to hit a good shot in golf – do you have a go to club? A number of pros will not hit off the first tee with a driver. They often hit a club they are extremely comfortable with to make sure – with everyone watching – and the nerves of a new tournament at hand – they get a solid first hit. Sometimes it’s a fairway wood or even a long iron. Better to have a longer second shot from the fairway than a shot from the rough or worse. They place their trust in the familiar.

Where do we place our trust? Today’s passage says – Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. Psalm 20:7 Where do we place our trust?

Where do we place our trust? Here’s today passage in partial context. Psalm 20:1–9 – May the Lord answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you. May he send you help from the sanctuary and grant you support from Zion. 3 May he remember all your sacrifices and accept your burnt offerings. 4 May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed. May we shout for joy over your victory and lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the Lord grant all your requests. 6 Now this I know: The Lord gives victory to his anointed. He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary with the victorious power of his right hand. Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm. Lord, give victory to the king! Answer us when we call!

Where do we place our trust? In tough times – where do we turn? With difficult decisions at hand – where do we turn? When life’s seemingly impossible issues hit our plate – where do we turn? Of course the Sunday School answer is Jesus! Turning to our God is where we should turn – not just in difficult seasons of life but everyday!

Where do we place our trust? Some will trust in themselves – their strength – ability – or money. Some will trust the might (chariots and horses) they amass while others will rely on their allies. We are called to rely on God – in the tough seasons of life and in the good seasons of life.

The Orioles are fighting the make the playoffs – it takes a lot of planning. The Ravens begin their pre-season this evening – they are playing the Redskins. The pre-season is part of planning for the real season. I enjoy watching both the Orioles and the Ravens – yet I do not put my trust in them – I put my trust in Jesus.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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August 10, 2017 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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