Boast in the Name of God

In Kay Arthur’s book, Lord, I Want to Know You, she asks, Where do we run for help? What’s our first instinct? Do we trust and boast in the name of God as our defender, or do we trust and boast in human strength?

I have to admit far too often my first thought when I face an overwhelming problem is to either try and solve it myself, or run to someone I feel can. While there are times when either of these actions may be the prudent thing to do, the problem I see is defaulting to humans before we seek God.

In biblical times chariots were a means of protection and escape. They were a measure of an army’s wealth and power. We don’t need to look further than the exodus account to see how useless Pharaoh’s chariots were against the power of Israel’s Jehovah-nissi when his people reached the Red Sea (Exodus 14).

While we don’t have chariots pulled by horses these days, far too often there may be things or people we trust and boast in perhaps more than we trust and boast in the name of God.

In her book Kay Arthur asks, “Why don’t we take an aggressive stand in the face of fear?” She suggests it is because we don’t trust and boast in the name of our God. She suggests we write down our fears, troubles, insecurities. As we consider our list, she says to ask God to show which of his attributes will meet that need.

Recording God’s attributes and names in a journal as I read through the Book of Psalms helps me see God as so much more than a single faceted divine being. The first attribute I recorded in my journal is filled with fierce fury against those who plot against him.

From there my list includes ruler of all nations, my shield, my only hope. God is the lifter of my head. That’s an attribute and name I boast in often.

God is righteous, the perfect judge, majestic, creator, everlasting, refuge, merciful. He is the helper of the helpless, father to the fatherless, healer, trustworthy, shelter in the time of storm, redeemer, strong and mighty in battle.

And that’s just the beginning.

In our time of trouble and need there is nothing better than to boast in the name of God. When we run to him in full trust, believing he is more than capable to do exceedingly more than we could ever dream, hope, or imagine, we find he alone is worthy to be praised.

I’d love to hear what names of God you boast in.

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Some boast in chariots and some in horses, but we will boast in the name of the Lord, our God. Psalm 20:7 (NASB)

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Sandy

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Our Hope is in Jesus

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

In studying the Israelite’s exodus from Egypt, I once again marveled at how God protected his people as the Egyptian army chased them to the Red Sea.

During our class discussion of Exodus chapter 4 we joked about the Charlton Heston movie, Ten Commandments.

We discussed the fact if the Israelites hadn’t broken camp when God told them to, trusted God, and walked into the dry sea bed God provided after Moses held his staff over the sea and told them to get moving, they would not have reached the other side.

We talked about God’s provision for his people and the fact he went before them and came behind them to protect them from their enemies.

We agreed that just like us, the Israelites had to do their part before God did his. They had to swallow their fears and take that first step between the walls of water before they reached safety.

We mentioned the fact the Egyptians trusted in their military might and the large numbers of chariots they used to pursue the former slaves, but when the wheels of those mighty chariots caught in the mud and fell off, they realized too late, who they were up against. They cried out, “Let’s get away from the Israelites! The LORD is fighting for them against Egypt.”

The Egyptians trusted in their chariots.

Those of us who belong to Jesus trust in him alone. All our hope is in Jesus.

He is the one who breaks the chains of slavery. He is the one who sets us free from our sins. He is the one who fights for us and brings the victory.

Where do you place your trust? In chariots or in the LORD?

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Some trust in chariots, others in horses, but we trust the Lord our God. Psalm 20:7 (NCV)

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Trust God, Not Chariots

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Trust. Assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something. One in which confidence is placed. That’s how Webster’s dictionary defines the word.

Throughout history God gives his people a choice. Trust God. Trust man. We will all give an account for where we placed our trust. We need to choose wisely between the two.

Some may try to set themselves above God, but God alone is LORD.

Some trust in power. Some trust in wealth. Some trust in their work. Some trust in status.

In reading the history of the nation of Israel recorded in the Old Testament, we see people who trusted in all of those things. We also see the reliance of many nations upon their military might and weaponry.

Many of those nations did not trust God, and did not rely upon him. Those who relied on their own devices usually failed, unless God used their victory for his own purposes. Those who trusted God and relied on him usually succeeded, unless God used their defeat as punishment.

Those who did not trust God trusted their chariots and horses. They trusted their weapons of iron. They trusted their enormous numbers. They trusted in the fear their name produced.

Time and again we see that God is not interested in chariots, weapons, numbers, or pedigree. God is interested in obedience and trust in him.

The God who raises up, also tears down. Despite what some may say, God still reigns on his throne. God is still El Elyon, the God most high. God is still above all. Everything is still under him.

We would be wise to make sure we place our trust in God and God alone.

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Some trust in chariots, others in horses, but we trust the Lord our God. Psalm 20:7 (NCV)

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Sandy

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Sunday Scriptures — Some Trust in Chariots

By Sandy Kirby Quandt

In reading about the military battles of the Israelites throughout the Old Testament, one thing I have noticed is the reliance of many nations upon their military might and weaponry.

Many of these nations did not rely upon God. Those who relied on their own devices usually failed unless God was using their victory for his own purposes. Those who relied on God usually succeeded unless God was using their defeat as punishment.

Those who did not rely on God relied on their chariots and horses. They relied on their weapons of iron. They relied on their enormous numbers.

Time and again we see that God is not interested in chariots, weapons, or numbers.

King Ahab and King Jehoshaphat 2 Chronicles 18, David and Goliath 1 Samuel 17, and  Gideon Judges 7 are a few examples of this truth that come to mind.

Today we face armies that may seem to outnumber us. They may wield far superior weapons of iron while we carry a sling and five stones. They may be riding in chariots pulled by swift horses as we slug along on foot.

Doesn’t matter. What matters is that we have God on our side.

Whenever we feel as if we are fighting a difficult battle, whatever foe we may be up against, our hope of victory comes through the LORD.

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Some trust in their war chariots and others in their horses,
but we trust in the power of the Lord our God.  Psalm 20:7 (GNT)

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Sandy

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