On one occasion David wrote, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” And a little later on he wrote, “A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all of its great strength it cannot save.” No doubt his son Solomon had listened to his father as he discussed his thoughts on war and battle strategies, winning and losing or victory and defeat. Out of those conversations Solomon formed his own ideas of war among and between nations. “The horse is made ready for the day of battle,” he said, “but victory rests with the Lord!”
When David and Solomon penned these observations, the horse was the greatest weapon in the military arsenal. When coupled to a chariot it added an even more lethal dimension. It brought speed to the battlefield that warriors could not overcome with its ability to “hit and run.” Foot soldiers did not have the capability to defeat an army that used horses in combat.
David and Solomon, however, remind us what makes the difference in combat: Victory belongs to the Lord. Nations may prepare and equip warriors, have superior weaponry and technology and plans without flaws (in their minds) but it makes little difference. God is the determining force.
Throughout Scripture God reminds us that “it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s.”
Prayer: Thank you, Father, for the promises in Your Word that assure us of Your strength and sovereignty and our safety. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Proverbs 21:31 The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the Lord.