It seems that David wrote this psalm on the eve of a battle. And here, the people pray for God’s blessing on him as he and his army go out.
May the Lord answer you when you are in distress;
may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.
May he send you help from the sanctuary
and grant you support from Zion.
May he remember all your sacrifices
and accept your burnt offerings.
May he give you the desire of your heart
and make all your plans succeed.
May we shout for joy over your victory
and lift up our banners in the name of our God. (1-5)
It’s a beautiful prayer, but after it, David reminds them of what the key to victory is.
Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
They are brought to their knees and fall,
but we rise up and stand firm. (7-8)
So many times we make our plans without God’s counsel, and just say, “Okay God, bless our plans. Make them successful.” Then when our plans fall apart, we wonder why God didn’t answer our prayers.
But here, David reminds them that the key to success is in putting their trust not in their own power and strength (nor in their own wisdom for that matter), but in putting their faith in God. And that while those who trust in themselves will fall, those who put their faith in God will rise up and stand firm.
How about you? Are you putting your faith in your own wisdom and strength, and simply asking God to bless you? Or are you putting all your faith in God? Are you seeking his face, not only in the battles you face, but in the planning as well?
Let us make God and his Word the foundation for all we do, not our own strength and wisdom.