Sep 16, 2014 1557
“A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength it cannot save” (Psalm 33:17).
Only a few generations ago, horses were symbols of wealth and power. We still use ‘horsepower’ as a unit of measurement for the machinery we build and use. In the ancient world, kings used the speed and strength of horses in battle; they were military equipment. If we think of our tanks, guns and missiles and then read the text substituting them for ‘horse,’ we get the thrust of this verse. The things we use and trust in to make us safe are ultimately useless. It is better to trust in God.