Overview

Psalm 115 offers a poignant contrast between the one true God and the idols crafted by human hands. The psalm begins with a humble appeal to God for His glory, mercy, and love, not for the people's sake but for His name’s sake. It emphasizes that God is in the heavens and does as He pleases, a stark contrast to idols made of silver and gold. These man-made gods have mouths that can't speak, eyes that can't see, ears that can't hear, and so on. They are impotent and void of life, and those who make or trust them will become like them—lifeless and devoid of true power. The latter part of the psalm shifts to a call for Israel, the house of Aaron, and those who fear the Lord to trust in God. It ends on a note of blessing and assurance, stating that God will bless, increase, and remember His people, while they in return should forever praise the Lord. The overarching theme is the sovereignty and power of God compared to the impotence of idols, urging the faithful to put their trust solely in Him.

Psalm 115

1  Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth's sake.

2  Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is now their God?

3  But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.

4  Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands.

5  They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not:

6  They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not:

7  They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat.

8  They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.

9  O Israel, trust thou in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.

10  O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.

11  Ye that fear the LORD, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.

12  The LORD hath been mindful of us: he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron.

13  He will bless them that fear the LORD, both small and great.

14  The LORD shall increase you more and more, you and your children.

15  Ye are blessed of the LORD which made heaven and earth.

16  The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD'S: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.

17  The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence.

18  But we will bless the LORD from this time forth and for evermore. Praise the LORD.

End of Psalm 115


1 Year Plan:  Oct 7 - Jer 1, Jer 2,  Ps 115, Ps 116

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