“Some take pride in chariots, and some in horses, but our pride is in the name of the Lord our God.”
Today’s reading comes from a psalm praying for victory. While we may joke about praying for victory for our favorite college basketball team during March Madness, prayers for victory were fervent in the time the Psalms were written. Opposing sides would square off praying to their own god. The winner would prove their god was strongest and the loser would be obliged to take on the winner’s god. Although our culture doesn’t hold war as central as they did now, we are still essentially practicing the same type of oppositions. We take pride in being proven right over our enemy (whether literal enemy or just someone with opposing ideas). The psalmist names that some really take pride in their defense mechanisms: chariots and horses. Have our complaints been turned into our defense mechanisms in conflict? Are our complaints the way we defend ourselves against being wrong or weak? How can gratitude change that impulse? Gratitude will show us how to truly take pride in the name of the Lord. It will hep us to learn to not find our identities in our defense mechanisms but rather in God.