I remember when I was younger the talk about the arms race between the United States and the Soviet Union, specifically for nuclear weapons. Wikipedia describes an "arms race" as:
An arms race, in its original usage, is a competition between two or more parties to have the best armed forces. Each party competes to produce larger numbers of weapons, greater armies, or superior military technology in a technological escalation. International conflict specialist Alex Upton, defines the term as "the participation of two or more nation-states in apparently competitive or interactive increases in quantity or quality of war material and/or persons under arms."
In today's passage the psalmist says, "No King is saved by the size of his army; no warrior escapes by his great strength. A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite its great strength, it cannot save." I'm not against having a military defense to protect the freedoms we cherish so deeply. But if we don't realize ultimate security can only come from Almighty God, we are relying on something other than Him. And ultimately today's passage says God's eyes are on those who fear Him, and on those whose hope is in his unfailing love. So this tells us God is intimately involved in the lives of those who trust in Him. Because ultimately your God is who you trust in. If you trust in something else for your ultimate security, that I would say is your God!
So although this passage is talking about who Israel trusts in, by application I think we could ask each other when it comes down to it, who or what do we truly trust in? When you are in trouble where do you turn? When life throws you a curve ball is your first thought, how can God help me and eventually turn this into good? I would challenge you this morning to think of something that causes you fear or anxiety, either externally or internally. First, realize that God's eyes are on His chosen ones, those who are called by His name. Second turn to Your God, realizing all else is in vain. God promises to deliver you in His way and in His time!
12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
the people he chose for his inheritance.
13 From heaven the Lord looks down
and sees all mankind;
14 from his dwelling place he watches
all who live on earth—
15 he who forms the hearts of all,
who considers everything they do.
16 No king is saved by the size of his army;
no warrior escapes by his great strength.
17 A horse is a vain hope for deliverance;
despite all its great strength it cannot save.
18 But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,
on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,
19 to deliver them from death
and keep them alive in famine.
20 We wait in hope for the Lord;
he is our help and our shield.
21 In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.
22 May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,
even as we put our hope in you.