Psalms 20:7 (NKJV)
Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the LORD our God.
The horses and chariots that the psalmist David's mentions in this passage refers to the level of trust the opposing nations had in their war machines and number of foot soldiers in the time of battle. However it's a different story for the people of God when they faced the same battle. His people need only to remember the name of the Lord, the name of Jehovah written on the banner that would go before them every time each time they fought. Yet it wasn't just the name, 'God' written on the banner. It was His name PLUS a proper noun describing Him. For instance, if God's people were fighting for peace they might inscribe, "Lord of peace" meaning God the Father was in absolute charge of their peace, safety and well being. Thus they might inscribe, 'Jehovah Shalom' onto the banner, have official carriers lift the banner as high as possible and wave it before the soldiers. All this to help remind them of who is in charge, what the end result will be and who it is that goes before them.
Interesting perspective isn't it? Sometimes when we are faced with life's obstacles we tend to put our trust in our ability, our horses and chariots, in order to get through it ourselves. Yes, it takes a good amount of mental fortitude to make it through life's issues but as we've all experienced there are times that giving it our best isn't good enough. I heard a saying once that said in life you are either in a crisis, you recently came out of a crisis, or you are headed into one! Sobering thought and yes, borderline depressing but it holds some truth to it. So what if we changed our battle perspective and instead remembered something that God said or promised us? For a second just imagine yourself taking your promise and encouragement, declaring this is how it's going to be (your banner), and then applying it to life every day. Battles would be no longer based on willpower but rather our memory and our mouth. Perspectives would take on a radical transformation. Instead of seeing life from crisis to crisis, life could be seen from win to win. Our eyes would not be set on the battle but rather how God is going to turn this into a win.
So here's to a new saying: In life we are either in a win, we recently came out of a win, or we are headed into a win!
Psalms 60:12 (NKJV)
Through God we will do valiantly, for it is He who shall tread down our enemies.