Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but to Your name give glory, because of Your mercy, because of Your truth. Why should the Gentiles say, “So where is their God?” But our God is in heaven; He does whatever He pleases. Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. They have mouths, but they do not speak; eyes they have, but they do not see; they have ears, but they do not hear; noses they have, but they do not smell; they have hands, but they do not handle; feet they have, but they do not walk; nor do they mutter through their throat. Those who make them are like them; so is everyone who trusts in them. O Israel, trust in the Lord; He is their help and their shield. O house of Aaron, trust in the Lord; He is their help and their shield. You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord; He is their help and their shield. The Lord has been mindful of us; He will bless us; He will bless the house of Israel; He will bless the house of Aaron. He will bless those who fear the Lord, both small and great. May the Lord give you increase more and more, You and your children. May you be blessed by the Lord, who made heaven and earth. The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s; but the earth He has given to the children of men. The dead do not praise the Lord, nor any who go down into silence. But we will bless the Lord from this time forth and forevermore. Praise the Lord! (Psalm 115)
Those Who Make Them Are Like Them
A carved piece of wood can be a beautiful thing. Some artists take chainsaws and carve trees into incredible works of art. Museums are filled with marble and stone figurines masters have crafted from intricate portraits into masterpieces. For all the beauty of man’s hand there is one thing he cannot do: give life to his creation. Silver and gold do not give it life. Their mouths can be almost life-like but will never speak. Eyes will not see or ears hear. This has always been the futility of idol worship. Pretty things with no life. Stuff we worship and to what end? Nothing.
I don’t personally know an ‘idol worshiper’ (please leave the TV pun out of this) but the same problem with the worship of “the work of men’s hands” is prevalent today because there are lots of things we make and bow down to. The object of an idol is adoration to something of no value and no life. It will eventually decay and be destroyed. Such are things we have in life – our stuff. Would you believe we can be idol worshipers when we surround our lives with the things we create by our own hands to the neglect of the one true God? Yep. We live in a technological world unlike any time in history and we care more about our electronic devices than eternal devices and having the best of stuff than the stuff that is best like happiness in Christ. From cars, homes, clothing, jewelry, gadgets, WiFi, internet, IPads, IPhones, Galaxies and Androids to …. the list goes on and on.
The psalmist says that “those who make them are like them; so is everyone who trusts in them.” Busted! We have met the enemy and he is us. We are attached to our things aren’t we? We can’t go through the day without Facebook or cell phones. Our lives are consumed with playing endless (and mindless) games and chatting and tweeting and texting and we have become them. Children are neglected, families ignore one another, marriages are in trouble and all because of silly idols we can’t live without.
O Saint, trust in the Lord; He is our help and our shield. Keep things in their proper domain but never lose sight of who we really are. The Lord has been mindful of us and will bless us when we acknowledge Him in our lives daily and more so than our gadgets. Faith still comes from hearing and this hearing still needs to come from the WORD OF GOD – Amen? Simple. True. Unchanging.
Oh senseless man, who cannot possibly make a worm, and yet will make gods by dozens. (Michel de Montaigne, Essays, Bk. 2. Ch. 12. 1580)
- Kent Heaton