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Day 19—Wednesday, March 6

Psalm 115:3-8

Our God is in the heavens, and he does as he wishes. Their idols are merely things of silver and gold, shaped by human hands. They have mouths but cannot speak, and eyes but cannot see. They have ears but cannot hear, and noses but cannot smell. They have hands, but they do not feel; they have feet, but they do not walk; they make no sound in their throats. Those who make them are like them; so are all who trust in them.


When reading this passage for the first time, I had an irreverent thought; “Hear no evil, speak no evil, see no evil” then I re-read the passage, plus several of the verses before and after the assigned selection in order to generate more thoughts. So, what or who are they? Can it be us? Is it an idol? Some other weird inanimate object? So, with these questions in the front of my mind I re-read this passage once again, looking and seeking a message.


It is apparent that the psalmist is praising God while letting others know we do not dictate to God as to what God can or will do, nor do we tell God that we want something done right now. Earlier verses in this psalm talk of giving God glory for his steadfast love of his people.


The psalmist is also warning the people against idols, as they are the work of men’s hands and are nothing but an inanimate thing that cannot see, hear, talk walk or otherwise be present.


We need to believe and trust in what we cannot see, hear, smell, and feel. Trusting in something or someone we cannot see is an overwhelming concept for many today even as it was in biblical times. Is this why it is so difficult for some to believe in God?


It means having faith in God, meeting to worship, be in communion with one another, studying together the Bible and growing our faith. So, let us not worship the idols (whatever they may be) for they cannot hear, see, smell, feel, or walk. In other words, the idols can do nothing for us but our turning to and welcoming God into our lives is what matters.


Dear God, be with us today and all days, show us the path you would have us follow. Grant us the ability to use our senses to know you are with us and guide us every step along this life’s journey. May we praise and welcome you today and always. Amen.


-Carole Banks

 

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