Psalms 44: Where We Place Our Trust

Psalms 44 helps us show a little bit of the difference between Christianity and other worldviews. At the end of the day, a lot of it comes down to what we actually place our trust in. We all trust something sometime.

Psa 44:5  Through thee will we push down our enemies: through thy name will we tread them under that rise up against us.

Psa 44:6  For I will not trust in my bow, neither shall my sword save me.

Psa 44:7  But thou hast saved us from our enemies, and hast put them to shame that hated us.

Psa 44:8  In God we boast all the day long, and praise thy name for ever. Selah.

Obviously, this applies to a lot more than the military example that we are provided with. We have things on earth that we use. We do these things by ourselves, and it is pretty easy to feel self-sufficient.

To use the example in the chapter, the world tells you that when you are out on the battlefield by yourself, all that you have left are your weapons and your own courage. You need to believe that you can fight your way out and survive the event. If your weapons break or become ineffective, then it is all over.

Christianity turns that on its head. Yes, if we are soldiers we know that we need to have good weapons. You prepare for battle, and you make sure that you are as well prepared as it can be. However, the main difference is that it doesn’t end there for us. We trust in the fact that God is in control of the situation.

That is significant for a few reasons. First, we know that God has a plan. It doesn’t end with me and my ability. Even if the situation seems impossible, God is capable of making anything happen. Think about Gideon. There is no way that he should have won that battle, but because that was what God wanted to happen, it came to be.

Second, this does show us something about being thankful and appreciative. In verses five and six, we hear all about how God helped them plow through their enemies and how the sword is not worth trusting in. Verses seven and eight bring the acknowledgment right to God. It is obvious that we are supposed to boast about all that God has done. We don’t boast about what we have done, but we are supposed to give all the credit where it belongs.

This was an interesting chapter. However, I think that the main point of this particular passage is how we need to trust that God has a plan in place. We probably don’t know all of the details, but we need to acknowledge that God has the power to do things that we could never dream about. Then, we need to remember that God deserves credit for everything. After all, if He has the plan, He deserves the credit. With these two items, we can keep everything in perspective.

About Zak Schmoll

Zak Schmoll is the founder of Entering the Public Square, and Managing Editor of An Unexpected Journal. He earned his MA in Apologetics at Houston Baptist University and is currently a PhD student in Humanities at Faulkner University. His work has been featured on several websites including The Federalist, Public Discourse and the Fourth World Journal.

Posted on December 26, 2013, in Psalms and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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