JUST LIKE ‘EM!
Psalm 115:1-8 [NLT]
Not to us, O Lord, not to us,
but to your name goes all the glory
for your unfailing love and faithfulness.
2 Why let the nations say,
“Where is their God?”
3 Our God is in the heavens,
and he does as he wishes.
4 Their idols are merely things of silver and gold,
shaped by human hands.
5 They have mouths but cannot speak,
and eyes but cannot see.
6 They have ears but cannot hear,
and mouths but cannot breathe.
7 They have hands but cannot feel,
and feet but cannot walk,
and throats but cannot make a sound.
8 And those who make idols are just like them,
as are all who trust in them.
Adore—What did you learn about God for which you could praise or thank him?
Admit—What did you learn about yourself for which you could repent?
Aspire—What did you learn about life that you could aspire to, ask for, and act on?
Prayer of reflection:
Glory, Glory, Glory, that only begins to express the adoration due you.
Unfailing love and faithfulness – from such a rushing stream of kindness flows but a shallow creek of gratitude.
Forgive me, not only for no lifting up your name enough.
Forgive me, when I lift up instead some worthless idol that I’ve bought into somehow, sometime, somewhere.
When I’m not trusting in You, who am I trusting in? What am I trusting in?
The Psalmist said that You do as You wish.
Teach me to trust in you more and more.
Cause me to flee from idols and idol makers.
From Tim Keller’s book, “Songs of Jesus:
THE POWER OF IDOLS. In the story Something Wicked This Way Comes, each person has a particular secret desire which they think will bring fulfillment—restored youth, sex with the beauty of their fantasies, athletic prowess, lots of money. But when they sell everything to get their dream, they are enslaved by it rather than satisfied. That fits with the biblical teaching of idolatry. Anything more important to you than the real God is an alternate god. Idols have no power (verses 5–7) to give you the love, forgiveness, and guidance you need. But paradoxically they do have power to make you like them (verse 8) and to keep you both spiritually blind and unable to see as well as spiritually lame and unable to change.
Prayer: Lord, I confess that I make an idol out of people’s approval. Let me be so satisfied with your love that I no longer respond to people out of fear of displeasing them but only in love, seeking what is best for them. Remove my idols of approval—which can never give me the approval I need. Amen.