Psalm 31:1-3

“Help, Reliance, and Trust” 

  1. Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help and rely on horses, and trust in chariots because they are many and in horsemen because they are very strong, but they do not look to the Holy One of Israel, nor seek the Lord!
  2. Yet He also is wise and will bring disaster and does not retract His words, but will arise against the house of evildoers and against the help of the workers of iniquity.
  3. Now the Egyptians are men and not God, and their horses are flesh and not spirit; so the Lord will stretch out His hand and he who helps will stumble and he who is helped will fall.


Egypt was a powerhouse during its glory days.  It reached extraordinary heights of achievement in military, naval power, architecture, philosophy, medicine, culture, and prestige among the nations of the world at that time.  It was a force to be reckoned with.

Yet, the psalmist warns the reader, “woe” to those who turn to Egypt for help or rely on or trust in its power and might, (i.e., their horses, numerous chariots, and well-trained horsemen.)

To trust anything or anyone more than you trust God is a big spiritual “no-no.”   Misplaced trust has a name; it’s called idolatry.  God wants to hold first place in the lives of His followers.  That’s why He says, “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out Egypt, out of the house of slavery.  You shall have no other gods before Me.” (Exodus 20:2-3)

What’s the biggest idol in your life that competes against God for first-place in your life?  You probably have one or two (or more) idols.  The best way to remove them is to be aware of them in the first place.  Then, one by one you and God can remove them from His rightful place in your heart.  Our God is a jealous God, which means He wants to be your first love.