Psalm 20:7 “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God.”
Everyone is trusting in something. No one’s heart is passive. We are all actively trusting in something to save us. Our problem is that, usually, what we trust in isn’t trustworthy. It eventually betrays us and leaves us feeling empty.
Now before we go any further, let’s stop and expose an evident problem in the human condition. Sometimes what we are trusting in at the level of our heart does not match up with what we are trusting in at the level of our head. So you will sometimes meet a man who says he is a Christian but, if you become his friend, you will discover he is addicted to playing the lottery. In his head he says he is trusting in God but his heart is trusting in the chance of fortune and his actions expose his divided desires.
Now, my purpose in this article is not to say anything about the lottery. What I am saying is that we humans are a sneaky bunch. Just because we say something, or even think something, doesn’t mean that we actually believe it deep down. And the odd thing is that, sometimes, we even trick ourselves.
Here’s a test. A good way to figure out what you are trusting in at the level of your heart is to ask yourself, “What really destroys me? What is it that, when it happens, really brings my world crashing down around me?”
For example, when you gain a pound on the scale or have to go up a waist size do you feel worthless and defeated? If you do, that’s a good sign that you are trusting in your looks or your health to save you. At the level of your heart you believe a good appearance or good health will complete you and give you ultimate happiness.
Or another example, when someone starts a rumor about you or criticizes you publicly, does your world come crashing down around you? If so, that’s a good sign that you are trusting in your reputation or your abilities to save you. At the level of your heart you believe a good name or a good quality (be it intelligence, morality, what have you) will complete you and give you ultimate happiness.
We could multiply examples and explain further but, for the sake of time, let’s jump to the point. One of the beautiful things about Christianity is that it offers you something to trust in that cannot possibly fail you or betray you. God is the one thing that never changes. God never fails, He never comes up short, He never disappoints and He is “the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Christians have a source of power for living that nothing else can offer. Christians have the ability to draw from the well of their relationship with God to satisfy their inner thirst.
But here’s the real issue: do we draw from that well? Do we go to God and trust in Him to make us happy and satisfy us? Most of us say that we do with our heads, but do we in our hearts? Here’s another test. Do you love to pray and spend time with God in His Word? Do you like it when God tells you what to do? If the answer is no, your heart is trust in something else. Figure out what it is and repent. If the answer is yes, spend time thanking God for His unfailing faithfulness and let us all rejoice in the God of our Salvation. Let us “remember the name of the Lord our God.”