Make the Creator First to Mind
Psalms 20:7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God.
There is a concept in marketing called ‘first to mind’. The concept connotes the view that in any product or service category the first brand that comes to mind is the one you trust the most and is the one you would most likely to buy. Drawing from that concept, who or what is your first to mind when you face difficult circumstances?
David was faced with difficult circumstances in Psalms 20. The Psalm starts by saying “the Lord hears thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defends thee.” In difficult times different people react differently. In Psalms 20:7, David identified 3 different types of reactions to difficulties. He started by saying some trust in chariots. The first reaction is to trust chariots or things created by creation. The second reaction is to trust in horses or the creation to include persons and things that God made. Take note that to trust in the creation or devices created by them you have made them your “first to mind” and placed your confidence in them. When David had to fight Goliath, Saul’s confidence was in his sword and shield: that was what he directed David to. If that was what David trusted in, he would not have stood a chance against Goliath.
The third reaction that David alluded to was to remember the name of the Lord. What David was saying was make the creator your “first to mind”. Put all your confidence in Him. Why? The creation and the things that they create are all prone to failure; the only person that history cannot ascribe any failure is the creator. The only way to avoid going through life and not make mistakes after mistakes is to put your confidence, not in the philosophies of men, but rather in the words of God.
Life Application: Do not revolve your life around man’s philosophies but rather the word of God.
Prayer: Lord, you are the first one I call on in times of difficulties and triumphs. Help me to keep my eyes upon you in good times and bad. Help me to always see you as my refuge and strength and to never see any other thing as my source and defense. In Jesus name, amen.