1 Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!
2 Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?”
3 Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases.
4 Their idols are silver and gold, the work of human hands.
5 They have mouths, but do not speak; eyes, but do not see.
6 They have ears, but do not hear; noses, but do not smell.
7 They have hands, but do not feel; feet, but do not walk; and they do not make a sound in their throat.
8 Those who make them become like them; so do all who trust in them.
Who doesn’t like to be on the winning team? Whether it’s training our bodies to participate in a sporting event or learning all we can about our favorite sports franchise, hunting the best game animal, landing the best fish, driving the fastest, running the furthest or playing the smartest, we all love the thrill of victory. We are competitive as humans, and it no doubt comes into play in our spiritual lives as well.
The nations of the ancient world would look to Israel and ask them “where is your god? Where are the temples and idols to those whom you serve?” To the ancients, the faith the Hebrews had must have seemed highly lacking. No great golden statues of their gods, no vast temple complexes to famous deities, no great tales of their gods fighting each other, doing wonderful things, reigning in majesty over the lands they claimed as their own. This Hebrew God had one temple, no idols, and did anyone actually even know His name? What a strange and backwards belief.
In the time of the early church the Roman authorities were just as baffled by Christ and His followers. From what they knew of them they were atheistic cannibals who met in catacombs and graveyards. Where, who, WHAT was their God?
What’s sadly ironic is that the psalmist points out that while their God can do whatever He likes, their gods lack mouths, hands, feet…were powerless to do anything much at all. But when the Hebrew God came to earth in human form, walking with actual feet, speaking with an actual mouth, healing with His actual hands, they failed to recognize Him. (John 1:11) Their trust was in their own understanding, not in the God whom their scriptures foretold. (John 5:39)
Like the psalmist we live in a world where others may ask, “where is your God? Why doesn’t He do anything about this or that?” The psalmist’s wisdom is just as applicable today as it was when first written. God’s people are to trust in Him.
So today let’s all put our trust in Jesus. He is the author and perfector of our faith, the firstborn from the dead, the alpha, omega, the lion, and the lamb. He can do all things. And if it is the will of His Father he can give us the strength to do mighty things to the glory of his Father. Just as He taught us to pray let’s seek that God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Prayer for Today
Father, I know of your glory and the might of your great Name. Jesus, reveal to me the will of your father that by the Holy Spirit I may hold tightly to the truth of who you are and let the light of your glory shine though me today. Amen.