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 trusted 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.
Selected Comentary from Warren W. Wiersbe’s Book, ‘BE Exultant’
The Lord had given His people a great victory, and they wanted to acknowledge it before their pagan neighbors and give God the glory…..This psalm was written as a litany, with the leader opening in verse 1. The people then responded in verses 2-8, the choir in verses 9-11, and the people again in verses 12-13. The priests or choir spoke in verses 14-15, and the people closed the litany in verses 16-18. The psalm may have been used at the dedication of the second temple (Ezra 6:16). It not only tells where the God of Israel is but what kind of a God He is.
The Reigning God (vv. 1-3). Where is the God of Israel? In heaven on His glorious throne, reigning as the sovereign God of the universe! His throne is founded on mercy and truth (love and faithfulness), which reminds us of His covenant with Israel. All of God’s people can shout, “Alleluia! For the Lord God omnipotent reigns!” (Rev. 19:6 NKJV).
The Living God (vv.4-8). Idolatry had always been Israel’s most habitual and costly sin (Judges 2:11-3:6), and even though their prophets ridiculed these man-made gods (1 Kings 18:27……) and the Lord chastened Israel often, the people persisted in breaking God’s laws. Israel did not seem to learn its lesson until Babylon carried the people away captive after destroying Jerusalem and the temple. In the great city of Babylon, two or three generations of Jews saw idolatry firsthand and the kind of society it produced. This cured them. They needed to remember they were the servants of the living God,,,,,,,and the church today also needs to keep this truth in mind…..
But the greatest tragedy is not what the idols cannot do but what they can do to the people who worship them. We become like the God we worship. As we worship the true and living God, He transforms our ears to hear His truth and cries of those in need. He gives us eyes to see His Word and His world and the path He wants us to walk. Our “spiritual senses” develop, and we become more mature in Jesus Christ (Heb. 5:10-14). But those who worship false gods lose the use of their spiritual senses and become blind to the light and deaf to God’s voice.
The Giving God (vv. 9-15). “Trust the Lord and he will give His blessing” is the theme of this section, and how the discouraged remnant needed that assurance!…..Because Jehovah God is the “Maker of heaven and earth”….., we should worship Him and not what He has created or what we manufacture ourselves.
The God Who Deserves Our Praise (vv. 16-18). The word “bless” is used five times in verses 12-15, and we cannot live without His blessing, but it is also good to bless the Lord (v. 18). To “bless the Lord” means to ascribe to all glory and praise to Him, to delight His heart with our joyful and willing thanksgiving and obedience. The people who worship dead idols are also dead, but we are alive in Jesus Christ and ought to extol the Lord! After all if we expect to praise Him forevermore, we had better start now and be ready when we see Him!
Our LORD is definitely the God who deserves our praise! He deserves our praise every waking minute of every day. When I’m reading and see the word ‘idol’ I stop and ask God to show me what idols I may still have in my life because there are times when we don’t realize that there are objects or situations that are interfering with us having a close walk with Him.
I wish everyone a very blessed day.