S (Scripture): Psalm 115:2 Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?”
115:3 Our God is in heaven! He does whatever he pleases!
115:4 Their idols are made of silver and gold –they are man-made.
115:5 They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but cannot see,
115:6 ears, but cannot hear, noses, but cannot smell,
115:7 hands, but cannot touch, feet, but cannot walk. They cannot even clear their throats.
O (Observation): Idols were things that folks could make out of silver and gold and wood and stone, things that people could see and touch. Folks wanted something that they could experience here in this world.
The challenge brought forth by the author of this psalm reminds the owners of these idols that these idols do not breathe, do not think,…heck, they can’t even clear their throats (Ahem!)!
What power can possibly reside in these human-made idols? None!
A (Application): . “Those people are so different from us!” This is what we typically think when we look back to the Psalms.
But then, think about who our idols and gods are today: money, houses, fancy cars, titles… These are all gods made by us, not by God. We, too, what to put our hands on our gods. We want to be able to see them and touch them and hold them.
Martin Luther shares what a God is, in his explanation to the First Commandant in his Large Catechism:
A god means that from which we are to expect all good and to which we are to take refuge in all distress, so that to have a God is nothing else than to trust and believe Him from the [whole] heart
While we might not be able to see our God, our God is the one who reigns. Our God lives and acts in this world. Our God is the one in whom we can trust and believe. For a God made from our hands can be fully comprehended by us, and is therefore limited by us, because we are limited in wisdom and function in this world.
What are some of your gods? (Here are some of mine: affirmation, approval, money, iPhone, Fantasy Football : )
How can you learn to rely on God again? This blog is one step. If you want someone else to join you in daily readings of the Scriptures, grab a few friends, sit down and read this blog together. Discuss. Give feedback.
P (Prayer): Lord God, bring us to a posture of humility and dependence on you for all that we are and all that we do. Amen.