Psalms 115: What Are You Worshiping?
The people of Israel noticed something interesting that separated the God of the Bible from the gods of the other religions around them. You hear about some of these differences in Psalms 115, and let me highlight some of them now.
Psa 115:2 Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is now their God?
Psa 115:3 But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.
Psa 115:4 Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands.
Psa 115:5 They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not:
Psa 115:6 They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not:
Psa 115:7 They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat.
Psa 115:8 They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.
We still deal with verses two and three today. That is such a common challenge for Christianity. People want us to scientifically prove that there is a God. However, it is very hard to scientifically prove something that by definition exists beyond the parameters of science. Science is a great way to systematically understand our universe, but if God is greater than all of that and exists in dimensions beyond that, then we are beyond what science can tell us.
If we can’t use science then, what can we use to demonstrate that there is a God? We can take the claims that we have in the Bible and evaluate how well they match up with what we observe, and if they are correct about observation, then it would be reasonable to trust these documents. If we can trust them for that, then maybe we can trust them for things beyond that.
Then, if the Bible holds up, compare it to the alternatives in the following verses. We are talking about idols that are made by people. They can’t really do anything, but they sit there, and people believe them. The writer of this Psalm is basically saying that there are options out there, but if you realistically look at these other choices, why would you bother? These statues don’t do anything.
Today, we still have choices about what religion we want to follow, and, in America, we are incredibly free to do that. However, I think that this Psalm is calling us all to evaluate what we believe. For Christians, we need to make sure that we know about this God that we claim to worship. For non-Christians, the challenge is made to look at what you are really worshiping. Maybe you will find them to be nothing more than man-made idols, or maybe you won’t. The point is that we all need to evaluate what we are putting our faith in.