Psalm 115 is written when God’s people were afflicted and under the hand of an enemy. But they are remembering just how powerful God is and how much they need to keep Him on His throne. “Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness”! This is a great truth – praise and glory does not go to us. God alone is worthy of our praise. He is the focus of our adoration. He is the recipient of glory. Anything else is stealing God’s rightful spot.
God is in control. “Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases”. The psalmist makes it clear the difference between God and the idols that were all around them. God is alive and in heaven. He takes action and does as He wished. “Their idols are silver and gold, the work of human hands”. Look at the limitations of idols:
- “mouths but do not speak
- eyes but do not see
- ears but do not hear
- noses but do not smell
- hands but do not feel
- feet but do not walk
- do not make a sound in their throat”
Let’s face it – idols don’t do a thing. They may appear real but obviously they are not. What’s the impact of idols? “Those who make them become like them; so do all who trust in them”. The problem with idols is they cause us to stop following God. They get in the way of our relationship with the only true God and keep us from walking in obedience with Him. We make up things that these idols in our lives are – an idol can’t do anything but it somehow gives us a reason to stop worshipping God as Lord of our life and replaces Him with this worthless, dead thing. Idolatry is deadly and separates us from God.
The writer makes it clear that we need to have an active walk with God. Three times he implores us to “trust in the Lord”! God is alive and active and takes action in our lives. An idol never does – it can’t. But as we walk with God we’re in relationship with the One who loves us. “The Lord has remembered us….he will bless those who fear the Lord, both the small and the great”. God blesses His people. God pours His love on us and as a result we need to praise and honor Him. “We will bless the Lord from this time forth and forevermore. Praise the Lord”! Our marching orders are clear – we need to walk in obedience with God and bless His name!