Posted by: towngie | August 22, 2011

Application of the Fighter Verse for August 27/28

Psalm 20:6-7
 Now I know that the LORD saves his anointed;
 he will answer him from his holy heaven
 with the saving might of his right hand.
 Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
 but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.

Psalm 20 is a royal Psalm: a song that Israel sang about King David and one that can certainly be applied to Christ. In verse 6, Christ can obviously be seen as the anointed that the Lord saves.  At church right now we are studying the gospel of John.  In John 10, the pharisees pick up stones to kill Jesus.  But God intervenes and saves his anointed. This was not the first time that God saved Jesus, even in the gospel.  But think of all of the times throughout history that God saved his anointed. When Cane killed Abel, God gave Adam and Eve Seth, saving his anointed.  When Abraham was about to sacrifice his son Isaac, God provided the lamb, saving his anointed.  When the nation of Israel was at the water’s edge with Pharaoh’s army at its back, He opened the Red Sea and led them across, saving his anointed.  God eventually saved Jesus even from the grave.  The examples are spread throughout God’s providential history of redemption.  When God declared in Genesis 3:15 that Eve’s seed would crush the serpent’s (Satan’s) head, it was the beginning of that promise.  Israelites clung to that promise and waited for a king and eventually a messiah that would fulfill that promise.
That promise and the one who made it is what verse 7 is all about.  “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.”  This is what truly set Israel apart from its neighbors.  God fought on their behalf.  This is what should set us apart as Christians from the world around us.  I would substitute money or medicine or control or their jobs all for chariots and horses in our day.  But the tale is the same.  We Christians, reject through God’s grace trusting in anything but the name of the LORD our God.

Are you trusting in the providential God who saved his anointed?

What do you put in the place of trust reserved for the name of the LORD our God?
Ask God to help you today to trust him and show you how faithful to us he has been in saving his anointed.

How will you use this bible verse song in your life this week? with your spouse? your children? your family? your neighbors?
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