Back in Bible times, nations went to war basing their ability to win on the number of chariots and horses they possessed. David and his little nation of Israel were usually outmanned and under-equipped so it was interesting that every time they were invaded by another nation, they usually won. 

That fact was never lost on David, which is why he wrote in Psalm 20, verse 7, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses. But we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” 

Imagine one of our modern day political leaders saying, “Some trust in artillery and some in missiles, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God!” 

In your daily world, your “chariots and horses” are those things in your life that are not powered by God. Maybe you want to accomplish something and have all the weapons - the best strategies, good connections and plenty of financial resources, yet you can’t figure out why “it’s” not working, and you surely don’t feel like you’re winning.

It is only living by God’s plans, not your own, that will guarantee the win for you. Maybe you’re not sure of God’s plans for you, whether it’s just for today or for the long term. Not to oversimplify, but what God wants for you as a Christ-follower is to put your confidence and trust in Him. Spend daily time in His Word and build your relationship, and then with spiritual eyes, you will be able to see God working all around you. Just as the study, Experiencing God, says that being able to see Him working is much more important than telling God what you want to do for Him.

As you watch Him work and adjust your life to what He’s doing, your battles will be fought in the name of the Lord your God, and your wins will increase exponentially. And when that happens, you will see that God can do more through you in six months than you could have done on your own in sixty years!

“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” Psalm 20:7  (For more on the battle from which theologians think Psalm 20 was based, read 2 Samuel, chapter 10.)

Today, ask God to guide your plans according to what He’s doing around you.