In What Do You Trust?
Wednesday, May 06, 2015
Psalm 20:7-8 Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand upright.
Psalm 21:7 For the king trusts in the LORD, and through the steadfast love of the Most High he shall not be moved.
Christopher D’Olier Reeve (September 25, 1952 – October 10, 2004) was an American actor, film director, producer, screenwriter, author, and activist. He achieved stardom for his acting achievements, in particular his motion picture portrayal of the comic book superhero Superman.
On May 27, 1995, Reeve became a quadriplegic after being thrown from a horse during an equestrian competition in Culpeper, Virginia. While approaching the third in a series of jumps, Reeve’s horse made a refusal. Witnesses said that the horse began into the third fence jump and suddenly stopped. Reeve fell forward off the horse, holding on to the reins. His hands somehow became tangled in the reins, and the bridle and bit were pulled off the horse. He landed headfirst on the far side of the fence, shattering his first and second vertebrae. He required a wheelchair and a portable ventilator for the rest of his life.
Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand upright.
I wonder what we choose to trust that has the potential to collapse and fall. For example, there are still people alive today who lived through the Great Depression of the 1930’s. That dark period in our nation’s history was the result of the stock market crash in 1929. Even today many people are still suffering from the effects of the financial collapse of 2007 because they have placed their trust in their financial security.
Some of us build comfort zones into our lives that we think will provide us security. It could be that we have placed our trust in a relationship because of the value and affirmation we feel from the other person. Or maybe we choose not to be in a relationship because previous trust was broken and we have decided we can only trust ourselves.
It is possible that we have decided to trust our abilities to accomplish things that will earn us the accolades we need to affirm ourselves. We have chosen to trust our performance as a means of validating our worth.
Or maybe – just maybe – we have put our trust in our ability to create an image of success and security based on status that is measured by the world’s definitions – wealth, possessions, prestige, power, and personality. But inside we know we can never measure up to what we want people to believe about us, and if they could see the weakness and pain in our lives they would be disappointed.
We must ask ourselves one of the most significant questions we can ever consider – In what have I placed my trust?
There is only place where absolute trustworthiness can be found – in the Name of the LORD our God! He alone will never fail. He alone will never collapse and fall. He alone will never throw us off. In Him alone will we rise and stand when all around us is crumbling to the ground. Through the steadfast love of the Most High we shall not be moved no matter how the earth shakes.
O LORD, in your strength we rejoice, and in your salvation we greatly exult! (Psalm 21:1)