“Horses are a false hope for deliverance.” (33:17)
In old Westerns, the hero swoops in and rescues the damsel in distress, throws her across a horse, and rides off into the sunset. The horse is his tool of salvation. The Psalmist’s horse is a symbol of wealth, power, and mobility. We would speak of a luxury automobile or the latest mobile phone, with which we can handily impress clients and defeat competitors. Wealth and influence can be of tremendous benefit, but at the end of our life we ought to rather be remembered for our kindness and for the good things that we’ve done, and not just for the possessions we leave behind.