Some trust in Chariots – Psalm 27:7


Psalm 207 [fullscreen]

Some put their trust in chariots –

In military power

Some put their trust in horses’ strength

As tho wealth will win the hour

Some put their trust in politics

In human institutions

Or in religious moral reform

To counter sin’s pollutions

But none of these can win the day

None else can set us free

None but the name of Christ our Lord

The Tower where Christ’s own flee

How soon we faint along the way

When met with Satan’s forces

That resonate with inward sin

To woo from righteous courses

Then to defend our Savior flies

His Spirit quick within

His Word reminding, light’ng, guiding

The victory to win

‘Tis only when we fail to run

To hide within The Tower

We fall beneath the foul attack

And fail for lack of power.

Oh wounded, weary Christian hear

You’re Christ’s and not forsaken

He’ll lift you up on eagle’s wings

Tho by darkness now betaken

Fear not the shadow cast by death

When walking in the Valley

His rod and staff will comfort you

He’ll not delay but rally

Look for nought of earth’s supply

To meet the dread hour’s need

The bosom of your Savior’s safe

He’ll cover, guide and plead

And what of any prayer of His

Will go without reply?

The Son pleads with His Father

Our good, His constant cry

Some put their trust in chariots

Or in horses, man’s supply

But I will trust in Him alone

Who for me, bled and died.

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4 thoughts on “Some trust in Chariots – Psalm 27:7

  1. Reid: Is this a “Reid original”? You did not indicate who the author was, so I must assume so. Has anyone put this to music, or tied it to a familiar hymn tune? If not, it should be!

  2. Thanks Jack – always good to hear from you brother. I hope all is well there. To answer your question, yes, this is one of mine. I was jogged in Sunday School this week as one of our elders taught and this came tumbling out. I’d LOVE to see it set to music.

    Love ya man!

  3. Reid: The meter for most of your poem is 8.7.8.7. I have marked the lines below that deviate from this meter. If they can somehow be adjusted (number of syllables) from the current number I have indicated in parentheses to the left of the arrow to the number I have indicated to the right of the arrow, then there are several familiar hymn tunes that will work. I have made suggestions within the parentheses for how this might be accomplished. For example:

    Dominus Regit Me, by John B. Dykes (“The King of Love My Shepherd Is”)
    Galilee, by William H. Jude (“Jesus Calls Us; o’er the Tumult”)
    Rathbun, by Ithamar Conkey (“In the Cross of Christ I Glory”)
    Wellesley, by Lizzie S. Tourjee (“There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy”)
    Wycliff, by John Stainer (“All for Jesus! All for Jesus!”)

    Some put their trust in chariots –
    In military power
    Some put their trust in horses’ strength
    As tho wealth will win the hour

    Some put their trust in politics
    In human institutions
    Or in religious moral reform (9 > 8; delete “Or”)
    To counter sin’s pollutions

    But none of these can win the day
    None else can set us free (6 > 7; “No one”)
    None but the name of Christ our Lord
    The Tower where Christ’s own flee

    How soon we faint along the way
    When met with Satan’s forces
    That resonate with inward sin
    To woo from righteous courses

    Then to defend our Savior flies
    His Spirit quick within (6 > 7; “…within us”)
    His Word reminding, light’ng, guiding (9 > 8; “reminds”)
    The victory to win (6 > 7; “great victory”)

    ‘Tis only when we fail to run
    To hide within The Tower
    We fall beneath the foul attack
    And fail for lack of power.

    Oh wounded, weary Christian hear
    You’re Christ’s and not forsaken
    He’ll lift you up on eagle’s wings
    Tho by darkness now betaken (8 > 7; “taken”)

    Fear not the shadow cast by death
    When walking in the Valley
    His rod and staff will comfort you
    He’ll not delay but rally

    Look for nought of earth’s supply (7 > 8; “nothing”)
    To meet the dread hour’s need (6 > 7; sing “hour’s” as 2 syllables, i.e,, “Hour-r’s,” pronounced how-ers)
    The bosom of your Savior’s safe
    He’ll cover, guide and plead (6 > 7; “He will…”)

    And what of any prayer of His
    Will go without reply? (6 > 7; “without a reply”)
    The Son pleads with His Father (7 > 8; “His great Father”)
    Our good, His constant cry (6 > 7; pronounce “Our” as 2 syllables, i.e., ow-er)

    Some put their trust in chariots
    Or in horses, man’s supply
    But I will trust in Him alone
    Who for me, bled and died. (6 > 7; “…me, came, bled…”)

    These are just suggestions. You make have much better ideas about how to make this meter work. I get excited when pastors and theologians are also poets and hymn writers! Well done! If you want I can send these suggestions to you in a MS Word file.

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