This week we will look at Psalm 116, Salvation (Monday), Psalm 115 Confidence in God (Tuesday), 1 Peter 4:12-5:14 (Wednesday), Psalm 113, Bless the Lord (Thursday), and Psalm 112, The blessings and responsibilities of a righteous life (Friday).
Psalm 115 contrasts the worship of idols against the worship of God. Israel trusts in the Most High God.
“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.”
Where does our confidence lie? In our job, wealth, possessions, or family? It should be in the Lord. Whether we realize or acknowledge it, everything we have is the Lord’s. He has chosen us to be His stewards. That should change the way we view life.
As we see in the book of Job, everything we have can be taken away in a moment in time. We need to be careful how closely we hold on to this world’s possessions.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001