When this psalm was written, the religion of most of the world was polytheistic, bowing down to statues and icons. They worshiped a god of their own making, one of stone or wood. So, when the Children of Israel worshiped an unseen God, it was confusing for the outside world. The writer of this psalm begins with a declaration that all praise belongs to the living God, but then addresses the question that other nations asked. “Not to us, Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness. Why do the nations say, ‘Where is their God?’ Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him. But their idols are silver and gold, made by human hands. They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but cannot see. They have ears, but cannot hear, noses, but cannot smell. They have hands, but cannot feel, feet, but cannot walk, nor can they utter a sound with their throats.” Psalms 115:1-7
The psalmist brought it down to common sense thinking. The nations worshiped a god of their own making. When we think about that, it seems ridiculous. If we made it, could it really do anything for us? He further explained that even though it had eyes, mouth, nose, hands, and feet, it could not speak or see or smell or walk. In essence what good is it? It can do nothing.
All of that makes sense to us. We know that a stone or wooden god can do nothing and yet…
Do people today worship jobs or vehicles or houses or lands or success or position or any number of other “things”?
We are created to worship the living God, the One who resides in heaven, the One who rules the universe and is wise and powerful. He can do whatever He pleases because He is the Living Lord. He and He alone deserves our praise and adoration.
Lord, today I come to You and ask, is there something that I am worshiping ahead of You? Is there anything that I glory in more than You? Help me to always put You first.