Praise the Lord! Praise the name of the Lord; praise Him, O you servants of the Lord! You who stand in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the house of our God, praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; sing praises to His name, for it is pleasant. For the Lord has chosen Jacob for Himself, Israel for His special treasure.
For I know that the Lord is great, and our Lord is above all gods. Whatever the Lord pleases He does, in heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deep places. He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth; He makes lightning for the rain; He brings the wind out of His treasuries.
He destroyed the firstborn of Egypt, both of man and beast. He sent signs and wonders into the midst of you, O Egypt, upon Pharaoh and all his servants. He defeated many nations and slew mighty kings–Sihon king of the Amorites, Og king of Bashan, and all the kingdoms of Canaan–and gave their land as a heritage, a heritage to Israel His people. Your name, O Lord, endures forever, Your fame, O Lord, throughout all generations. For the Lord will judge His people, and He will have compassion on His servants.
The idols of the nations 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; nor is there any breath in their mouths. Those who make them are like them; so is everyone who trusts in them.
Bless the Lord, O house of Israel! Bless the Lord, O house of Aaron! Bless the Lord, O house of Levi! You who fear the Lord, bless the Lord! Blessed be the Lord out of Zion, who dwells in Jerusalem! Praise the Lord! (Psalm 135)
There Is No God Like Our God
Praise comes from a heart that recognizes the greatness of the one with whom we stand. It is an awe inspiring feeling to be in the presence of the Holy God of Israel to see His great works among them. As a people Israel was a living testimony to the power, mercy, grace and love of the Lord. Nothing on earth can compare. Creation calls forth His name. He is not limited by time and space. The heavens cannot contain Him. His might is found in the storm filled with lightning and wind. He did mighty things in Egypt when He slew all the firstborn of the land destroying the Egyptian army in the sea. As the nation of Israel journeyed to the land of promise no king could stand before them. Kings like Sihon and Og and all the kingdoms of Canaan were nothing compared to the Almighty God. They melted before Him.
What is an idol but a totem of man’s fears that create a god out of wood or stone? The gold and silver that make the idol shine does not create power. There is no life in an idol. It is an inanimate object of foolishness that men bow down too seeking deliverance from their terrors. Those who serve idols serve themselves. Deliverance does not come from a voiceless idol.
Praise, honor and glory are to be given to Him who speaks, who sees, who hears and who has the power to save or destroy man. Jehovah God is real. His power is mighty. His wonders abound in the world as testimony to His greatness. Trusting in idols is the greatest folly man has ever done. Trusting in God is the greatest joy man will ever find.
Many still worship pagan gods today seeking deliverance through idols made of stone and wood. In America our idols are more subtle. We worship materialism and prosperity. An idol is something created by man to give him peace trusting in its supposed deliverance rather than finding answers from God. It is easy to be overcome by the ‘stuff’ of our day that we spend years to attain and to what end? We may not fall down to a statue of Buddha but the results are still the same. Our gods become the pursuit of the American dream. The works of our hands become the idols of the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. Idolatry is doing well in our land. Many of God’s people are spending all their energies to serve a world that is passing away making no provisions for an eternal home. How sad.
The next time a storm passes through take time to see the power of Him who created the lightning, rain and wind. Know that what you see is the glory of the everlasting God. Look around at all the stuff we hold on so tightly and see what its value really is. Like an idol it is all dumb. It cannot save us. Jesus Christ can. Praise God. Bless the Lord. You who fear the Lord bless the Lord.
Often I see the words, “Christ Is The Answer.” Indeed, He is the answer to everything. If we are Christians we are members of His body, and therefore part of the answer. But judging by the way some Christians live, they are part of the problem. (Vance Havner, 1901-1986)