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Devotional

Stronger Than War Horses

by GINNY LUPKA GENERAL Strength Trust Dependence
Stronger Than War Horses
"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 all its great strength it cannot save. But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine. We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in you."
Psalms 33:16-22

In Psalm 33, the author helps us refocus our hope and our assurance not in our own strength, but in our heavenly King's strength. Regardless of the resources, training, and energy that we bring to the table, we can't accomplish much without the Lord. Similarly, our insecurities, fears, and our weaknesses are insignificant when compared to our wise, powerful Heavenly Father who calls us to do hard things in His name.


God watches those who hope in him (v. 18) and promises to "deliver their soul from death and keep them alive in famine" (v. 19). We can wait on Him because He is our help and our shield, steadfast and trustworthy. The Lord's promises and faithfulness are on display throughout all of His word and throughout the stories of people around us, so we can look up from our fears and see that He is faithful and present.


This Psalm reminds us that when (not if!) we are surrounded by things that threaten to steal our hope and our joy, we can trust in the Lord because He has proven again and again to be our rescue (v. 18-20).


When I first arrived on the field, all of my deepest, chronic insecurities flared up with a vengeance. I felt young, inexperienced, ill-equipped, and overwhelmed by culture shock and the unknown. I jumped into the ministry work, white-knuckling the hope that while I had no idea what He had planned, if God had called an insignificant person like me to this ministry, He must have some sort of purpose in store.
Perhaps you can relate.


In these moments, we can sit and wait on the Lord. We should remind ourselves of His character, of His promises, and His exclamations of love over us. We will be comforted because He is strong and we are not. And we ought to take the time to remind each other of the great God that we serve and worship.


Closing Prayer
Heavenly Father, I praise You for Your faithfulness and grace. I am grateful that You are near to me and that You see my needs and my fears. Please give me strength for today. Help me to hope in Your promises and to carry the truth of Your love and care for me in my heart today. Please use me in ways that glorify You. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Question for Reflection

What are some things in your world that you're struggling to trust God with today? Spend some time telling God about these worries and ask Him to increase your trust in Him.

Comments
Ginny Lupka
September 14, 2020

Last fall, my now husband and I were preparing to get married in the midst of big, intimidating career and calling changes for both of us. The unknowns loomed large and it was easy to worry about what was on the horizon. I knew that the Lord was not sending me into a vast, challenging, exciting new experience without also promising to give me strength and courage. So I tried to lay my fears before Him and look to the promises He has given me in His Word, reading certain verses over and over and over again. Verses I found helpful are: Isaiah 25:6-9, Matthew 6:25-34, and Romans 5:1-5.


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