Psalm 20:7 reminds us that we dare not trust in chariots or horses for our deliverance. Easier said than done. We trust in power. We are second to none in anything. Our defense dwarfs other nations. It was like many years ago when then-mayor Rudolf Giuliani of New York City was on a late night show, pretending to answer tourists' questions about the Big Apple. One person asked him if New York was the largest city in the US. He dismissively said, "If you have to ask..."

Smarty pants, but he was proud of his big city and his big country. That is just civic pride, but when pride also leads to arrogance and idolatry in worshiping man made things such as commerce, countries, tanks, ships, etc., then it is sheer folly to continue to lean on these things for care and comfort. A country might have the most and best, but it will not save us. Need some facts?

The Roman Empire existed over 500 years, but its last gasps were marked with division and destruction. 

The Russian Empire almost made it to 200 years, but the Soviet Union supplanted it and proceeded a little over 70 years. 

Technically the British Empire is still intact, although with the loss of India after World War II, one could argue that she is in massive decline. 

The French alternated between Empire and Republic, but they are still around in one form or another. 

And then there is US. And this is only just European History.

I could go on, but you see that nothing lasts forever. Except the One Holy Church, and she does not depend on human skill or ingenuity to exist. She started off in people's basements and attics, hiding from persecutors. Yet she has grown and continues to grow despite what some would say. She increases with the Holy Spirit's guidance, and she continues to offer comfort and consolation through Jesus Christ. It is through Him, our True Leader, Savior and Lord, that we have the peace that passes all understanding. We have this through His life, death, resurrection and ascension for us. And He with us in Word and Sacrament, until He reappears in glory to end the world in this present fallenness. 

Psalm 20:6 Now I know that the Lord saves his anointed; he will answer him from his holy heaven with the saving might of his right hand. 7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. 8 They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand upright.