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Psalm 115

June 5, 2009

This psalm compares those who believe in God with those who worship idols, Israel with those nations around them, and the true God with the idols made by man. In so doing, the psalmist highlights just how great God is.

He begins in verse 1 by pointing out Israel is to glorify God and not themselves. They are to be humble, not proud. God, the God of Israel, lives and is in the heavens. God is filled with truth and loving-kindness even though He does as He pleases.

The psalmist compares idols with God. They can not speak, see, hear, smell, feel, walk, or make a sound. The Lord God is able to do all of these [implied]. He hears our prayers and answers them. He sees our troubles and guides us. He is filled with love and compassion. His Word leads us. He led Israel with a cloud and a pillar of fire. God has a voice and He uses it to get our attention. Those who worship idols turn to dust. Those who trust in God live forever.

Inverse 9 the psalmist exhorts Israel, the Levites, and all the people to trust in the Lord. The Lord is their help and shield against their enemies, against evil, and against Satan’s power. The Lord knows their current situation and will bless them. The Lord will bless those of little and great prominence. He will not withhold His blessings from anyone who fears Him and places their trust in Him. The Lord God made the heavens and the earth. The Lord has dominion over the heavens but has given man dominion over the earth. He promises to bless those who fear Him by increasing their number. Israel will be blessed with a great number of descendants and become a large, powerful, and influential nation if they fear the Lord and continue to put their trust in Him.

Those who put their trust in God and praise Him will not die but live forever. If you want to make a difference in this life and in the life to come, place your trust in God and praise His Name. Compare the true God of the universe with the gods of men. Who has the power to create? Who speaks the truth? Who is filled with loving-kindness? Who has the power to grant eternal life? Praise the Name of the Lord God. Humble yourself before Him and give Him glory.

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