Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. Psalm 20:7 (ESV)
Heavenly Father, the battle for our heart’s trust is relentless, often vicious, and quite deceptive. On this August Friday, we affirm that you, alone, are worthy of our worship, love, and trust. But we also want to name your competition. In David’s day, it was chariots and horses; in our day, many pseudo-saviors and carpetbaggers claim our trust.
Some trust in their goodness, works, and piety. But we trust, alone, in the finished work of Jesus and the gift of his perfect righteousness.
Some trust in a spouse’s affection, a lover’s interest, or their children’s attachment. But we trust in the steadfast love and great delight you have for us in Jesus.
Some trust in stock portfolios, cash margins, and “toys.” But we trust in the immeasurable riches of Christ, and the inviolate treasure kept for us in heaven.
Some trust in attractiveness, health, and sensuality. But in sickness and health, in our youthfulness and our aging, we trust in the truly beautiful and all-powerful One—Jesus.
Some trust in being smart, wise, and right. But we trust in Jesus, who is our wisdom from God—that is our righteousness, holiness, and redemption.
Some trust in being in included in special groups, circles, and clubs. But we trust in the gift of our union with Christ, and the robust communion we enjoy with the entire Trinity.
Some trust in vocational success, a corner office, or their place in the “org chart.” But we trust the One who is making all things new, and our place in your heart.
Some trust in meds, libation, and early retirement. But we trust in the One who says, “Come to me all who are weary, and I will give you rest.” Only Jesus can fill, heal, and free us.
Father, again we say it: Though many people, places, and things incessantly vie for our hearts and trust, only you are worthy. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ beautiful and bountiful name.