The king is not saved by his great army;
a warrior is not delivered by his great strength.
The war horse is a false hope for salvation,
and by its great might it cannot rescue.
What is King David saying in these two verses? He’s saying, “Might doesn’t make right,” But he is also telling me that you can store up all the wealth and power, be strong enough in men and materials to defeat any enemy, but all this will not bring you salvation. Salvation, not great victories, not success over others, but your personal salvation. The salvation of your soul, your being.
What is salvation?
- Preservation from harm, ruin or loss.
- Deliverance from sin and it’s consequences.
David is telling us great armies and strength cannot preserve your soul and deliver you from the consequences of your unrighteousness, your sin. David goes on to tell us in verse 18:
Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him,
on those who hope in his steadfast love,
By fear, I don’t thing David is singing about someone cowering in the corner for fear of being squashed like a bug. That’s the image we conjure up when we hear the word fear.
This fear is not to be of God as a being, or entity or whatever you want to label God, but fear of the consequences of your actions. Fear your unrighteousness and sin and the balance that must then come to you. This is fear of the Lord. Accepting, believing and acting accordingly to the fact that there are consequences to your actions.
God’s steadfast love is the other side to balance the fear. Realizing and knowing the consequences of your good actions, your righteous actions.
And then verse 19:
that he may deliver their soul from death
and keep them alive in famine.
Know this, having this balance of fear and love will deliver your soul from death. You will keep your soul fed in lean times knowing the consequences that await you will give you hope through your faith in righteousness. Much like Job when he had his time of famine for his soul.
Our soul waits for the Lord;
he is our help and our shield.
In verse 20 above, David wraps it up for me. He tells us our soul or hearts have a place for the Lord that we need to let God fill. We need to fill it with righteousness. This is our protection. This is our salvation.
Maybe what David is saying in these verses is, all the king’s horses and all the king’s men they cannot put you back together again. Only by allowing God and righteousness into your heart and soul are you made whole.
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