by Terry J. Hallock

But We Trust in the Name of the Lord
Terry J. Hallock
Psalm 20:6-8

One of the major casualties of the September 11th terrorist attacks was the ability of people to trust. Routines of daily life that once were taken for granted are now sources of major anxiety for some. It will be a long time before many can board an airplane in comfort. Being a large city among tall buildings will be difficult for others. The ability of our government and its institutions to protect us will be questioned. Our ease about being near people we don't know will cause some trepidation. Though we may not like ourselves for it we will now look at those with certain ethnic features and accents with a wary eye. Even the complacency and comfort we possessed as Americans because our shores had not been scarred by an enemy since the British burned the White House during the War of 1812 has been lost, perhaps for good. Structures we thought would stand forever are now gone. Circumstances we believed we would never find ourselves in have come upon us with ferocity. Pictures we never imagined we'd see unless they were from some war-torn nation thousands of miles away have now become pictures of ourselves. The Cold War was over. The Soviet threat had crumbled with the Berlin wall. Our nation was just finishing an unparalleled period of prosperity. Yet in less than one hour everything came crashing down. And so we now feel vulnerable and at times, very afraid. Is there anyone or anything we can trust anymore?

King David believed there was. He believed there was an object of trust powerful enough to hear our cries wherever we are and deliver us from distresses whatever their nature. David believed the object of his trust was able to give us the desires of our hearts and make all our plans succeed. He was convinced that the One in whom he trusted could bring victory even when defeat seemed imminent. In fact he wrote these words in Psalm 20, verses 6-8, about the object of his trust. ''Now ...

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