Those who make them are like them; so is everyone who trusts in them.Psalm 115:8 — Modern English Version (Thinline Edition.; Lake Mary, FL: Passio, 2014)
In the previous discussion, we learned about those who make idols for adoration and worship. They eventually become like them. Their idols can’t see, hear or talk… They have no way to get around. It will be interesting to find how this idea will be repeated.
O Israel, trust in the Lord; He is their help and their shield. O house of Aaron, trust in the Lord; He is their help and their shield. You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord; He is their help and their shield.Psalm 115:9–11 — Modern English Version (Thinline Edition.; Lake Mary, FL: Passio, 2014)
The psalmist’s admonition to us is to trust the Lord. He is a real help and a shelter in times of trouble. This is also how we become like Him, we shelter those who trust us. We do not betray their trust.
That’s a hard one. It’s hard for me, but it used to be said in the U.S. a man’s word was his bond. It isn’t much like that today. People go back on their words. Let it not be so with us. Let those who trust us not be hurt by our frivolities.
The Lord has been mindful of us; He will bless us; He will bless the house of Israel; He will bless the house of Aaron. He will bless those who fear the Lord, both the small and great ones.Psalm 115:12–13 — Modern English Version (Thinline Edition.; Lake Mary, FL: Passio, 2014)
God is mindful of believers. Sure these promises are to the Israelis and the house of Aaron, but we share in those promises because of our position in Jesus. We are grafted-in to them to bear fruit for God.
To be like our God means to be mindful of others. It also means to bless them. That is hard! We ought to be willing to bless others… Those that are meek and those not so much, alike.
The Lord shall increase you more and more, you and your children. You are blessed of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.Psalm 115:14–15 — Modern English Version (Thinline Edition.; Lake Mary, FL: Passio, 2014)
The more you become like God, the more you want to serve Him, and by extension His people. His people could be the unbelieving Israelis we meet every day. His people are also other Christians, whether we fellowship locally with them or not.
His blessing is on these. And He calls them blessed. If you are a believer, He calls you blessed, too. Imagine that, the One Who made the heaven and the earth increases your reach and takes the time to call you blessed.
The choice is yours, you can try to increase your own reach and blessing by your own hard work, or you can present yourself to God and let Him work through you. Trust me, the latter is far better and healthier. It is also easier, though it may seem daunting now. Remember, trust in the Lord, He is a shield.
The heavens belong to the Lord, but the earth He has given to the children of men.Psalm 115:16 — Modern English Version (Thinline Edition.; Lake Mary, FL: Passio, 2014)
God has given the earth to humans. The usurpers have stepped in by insurrection and hijacked it. Yet here is the psalmist singing the truth. In so doing, it’s a hint to the coming second Adam who put those entities to shame. He is the One worthy to take possession of it. We also know the New Testament calls the believer (you and I) joint-heirs. Let that thought sit in your mind for a moment.
Remember when Jesus said the meek shall inherit the earth?
That’s Jesus, and us joint-heirs with Him.
The dead do not praise the Lord, nor do any who go down into silence.Psalm 115:17 — Modern English Version (Thinline Edition.; Lake Mary, FL: Passio, 2014)
This is the future for those who die in their sins. Those who do not have Jesus and His gift of eternal life—they perish into silence. It’s not annihilation or ceasing to exist. It is a conscious descent into silence where there is no escape. Is that similar to not having limbs that work, hearing, or speaking just like their idols?
My hope and prayer are that none of you reading this are like those.
But we will bless the LordPsalm 115:18 — Modern English Version (Thinline Edition.; Lake Mary, FL: Passio, 2014)
from this time and for evermore.
Praise the Lord!
We believers are not mute… Or deaf… Or not-seeing. We can stand and raise our arms and shout…