I must admit it.
I have been guilty.
A crisis comes along, and out comes Mrs. Fix-it. You know her. You have been Mrs. Fix-it, too. Mrs. Fix-it is ready, willing, and able to solve all the problems of the world. She rides in with her horse and chariot with all the solutions and answers.
Sickness? She whips out medicines.
Financial struggles? She starts planning and devising yard sales and money-making schemes.
Marital problems? She is ready to counsel.
When her children or husband or neighbors have problems? She can ride her horse and chariot to the rescue, ready for the battle.
She wants to solve everyone's problems... including her own. Psalm 20 is a strong and beautiful reminder that trusting in Mrs. Fix-it and her horses and chariots is dangerous.
Psalm 20:7 "Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God."
Chariots and horses seem like a great idea for a battle. They are strong and powerful. They can plow down infantry in minutes. But David warns us not to trust in those things. He was writing to the chief musician who apparently was in a battle. David was reminding the chief musician where real hope and strength comes for battles. It comes from the Lord!
Psalm 20:1-4 "To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The LORD hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee; Send thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion; Remember all thy offerings, and accept thy burnt sacrifice; Selah. Grant thee according to thine own heart, and fulfil all thy counsel."
He reminds the musician that:
- The Lord hears
- The Lord defends
- The Lord sends help
- The Lord strengthens
- The Lord remembers our devotion to Him
- The Lord accepts our sacrifice of worship and prayer
Then David reminds the chief musician where his trust should be. Instead of jumping on the horse and chariot, get on your knees! God sees your heart, knows your needs, and hears your prayers. David's prayer was for his friend's prayers to be heard and answered. He was letting the musician know he was also with him in the battle through prayer. (Grant thee... and fulfil...) David was saying, "I am praying that the Lord will give you your heart's desire and answer your prayers."
Then David shows his faith in his God.
Psalm 20:5 "We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners: the LORD fulfil all thy petitions."
He says, "When God answers your prayer and saves you from this battle, we are going to celebrate! It will be a big party in God's name with flags and everything!"
David then reminds his friend what happens to those who trust in horses and chariots, and, in contrast, the condition of those who trust in the Lord.
Psalm 20:8 "They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright."
It's not that "horses and chariots" are bad. What is bad is that Mrs. Fix-it trusts in horses and chariots rather than in calling out to God. Mrs. Fix-it grabs the horse and chariot before even checking to see what God wants her to do in the situation. Mrs. Fix-it trusts her own plans and her own solutions rather than trusting in the Lord's plan.
Pro 3:5-6 "Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."