“There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength. An horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength. Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.” – Psalm 33:16-19
King David realized that counting on the things we see will fail our expectation. He said that not even the best-equipped army can save a king. This is an encouragement to all believers that it is the LORD who rescues especially in times of calamities.
Upon meditating the Scriptures above, it reminds me of the recent typhoon “Harvey” that had created massive havoc and destruction in Houston Texas, taking lives of many people. Despite the state’s advanced technologies, strong materials on houses and infrastructures, rescue teams and such, when calamities hit your place you cannot put your hopes on all these things for only God is reliable, dependable and able to touch the heart of people to do good in times of disasters.
God’s Word is true enough that nothing in this world can save us or give us victory over a situation. All these things that we can see are temporary, fading, and perishable. But the strength of our God, His faithfulness in all things, and His very existence is everlasting and never failing.
When we put our hope in God all the time and rely only in His faithfulness, God will prove that He indeed is worthy and faithful. King David said that God is the one who rescues the people from death and keeps them alive in times of calamities and troubles.
In our life, we can rely on so many things we may not even notice – we rely on our car that could make travel easier for us; we rely on the electricity and the comfort of our shelter giving us peace during the night; we can even rely on our businesses, jobs, and finances to keep us secure from hunger and illnesses. But the Scripture says all these won’t be able to save us, rescue us or give us the real victory for it is God who keeps us safe when traveling and not the car; it is God who protects us during the night and not the walls and roofs of our house; it is God who gives us the true light that we are able to perceive life in better shades and not the electricity; and it is God who keeps us breathing and allowing us to live another day with enough food to eat and clothing to wear, not our money or job.
May we always put our confidence in God alone and never in the things that we can see; for God is our true place of safety, whom we can truly rely on. We can thank God for giving us the things we need, the jobs and business to aid us in finances, for the shelter He has given us but may our hearts never put hope in all these perishable things.