4Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands.
5They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not:
6They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not:
7They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat.
8They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.
(Psalm 115:3-8, King James Version)
Our God Is
At the time of the writing of this Psalm, each nation had their own god or gods, made of silver or gold--the work of men's hands. If their city or ruler was victorious in battle, their god or gods were said to be stronger.
The Psalmist, in addressing the gods of the nations, compared them to the one true and living God, maker of the heavens and the earth. Their gods had mouths that did not speak, eyes that did not see, and ears that did not hear. They had hands that did not handle, and feet that did not walk. In contrast, the psalmist said, "Our God is!" He is in the heavens, and does whatsoever He is pleased to do.
In the end, that is the real issue. Only God is real--He is the only One who not only created the heavens and the earth, but He, alone, lives and rules over all the earth. Any who put their trust in any one or any thing apart from God, are worshiping powerless idols.
The 21st century is continuing the great onslaught of humanism which gained its height in the 20th century. Man was celebrated and honored above all; his greatness and genius are practically unlimited in the estimation of many, as he continues to explore the great unknowns. Who knows the end of his glory? Who knows what great achievements will continue his escalation to greater power and might?
Yet, the Bible tells us that God sits in the heavens and laughs at the foolishness of man.
1Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
2The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,
3Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.
4He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision. (Psalm 2:1-4, King James Version)
From the time of Adam, man has been trying to break the yoke of God from His shoulder. However, the plain truth is: Our God Is! He does exist, in spite of man's derision, and He will put all things under His feet. Those who know and love God will be exalted, while the wicked will be brought low.
It is good for us, as Christians, to remember these things lest we get so caught up in the things of this world that we forget God. God has allowed man great success in his discoveries of the last century, but man's knowledge of this world and all creation is still minute.
Let us praise the name of our God and our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. In Him we have all things; without Him we have nothing. All the gods of the nations are idols, but our God is!
God Bless You,