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Idolatry                                                      Psalm 115:1-11


Merriam-Webster defines idolatry as:

1: the worship of a physical object as a god

2: immoderate attachment or devotion to something

In Psalm 115 the Lord wants us to trust in him- not idols that others worship.

1 Not to us, Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory because of your love and faithfulness.

Nothing new here: the Israelites are supposed to remain faithful to God. This time, though, we get some direct comparisons between their God and the others’.

2 Why do the nations say, “Where is their God?”

3 Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him.  4 But their idols are silver and gold, made by human hands.

5 They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but cannot see. 6 They have ears, but cannot hear,

noses, but cannot smell. 7 They have hands, but cannot feel, feet, but cannot walk, nor can they utter a sound with their throats.

8 Those who make them will be like them, and so will all who trust in them. Check out how the writer talks about the idols. They can’t even do what humans can—walk, talk, smell, see, hear—let alone do what gods can. 9 All you Israelites, trust in the Lord—he is their help and shield.

10 House of Aaron, trust in the Lord—he is their help and shield.

11 You who fear him, trust in the Lord—he is their help and shield.

Everyone around the Israelites has idols that they say are their gods, and the Israelites have nothing. Nothing physical, that is. We do have God’s power to lean on in times of need.  he is always with us. 


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