Chariots and horses…

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Psalm 20:6 Now I know that the LORD will help his anointed; he will answer him from his holy heaven with mighty victories by his right hand. 7 Some take pride in chariots, and some in horses, but our pride is in the name of the LORD our God. 8 They will collapse and fall, but we shall rise and stand upright.

This psalm is attributed to King David, who was once a humble shepherd but was then chosen by God to lead his people. He was well aware that he owed everything to God. He belonged to a nation that was very small in numbers compared to other nations around them. Without God’s protection they would never have survived. Particularly once God granted them extraordinary wealth, they would have been prime targets for a larger nation to conquer and plunder.

So David was the unlikely king of an out numbered nation – that prospered anyway.

I can’t help but relate a bit with David in this psalm. I too am an unlikely person to be a leader in a church. I have so many faults and shortcomings, as some of you well know. Yet the Lord chooses to use me for good (at least some of the time) despite all this. I’m reminded this morning that it’s not about “chariots and horses” (the things I say or do) that bears fruit. It is God’s grace which abounds.

Heavenly Father, you take unlikely people and use us for your kingdom purposes. Yes, we make mistakes. Yes we sometimes lack faith. And sometimes we’re tempted to think our works are the key to success. Give us grace to rightfully attribute all good things to you, which is at is should be. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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