Psalm 115:4-8 (ESV, emphasis added)
4 Their idols are silver and gold,
the work of human hands.
5 They have mouths, but do not speak;
eyes, but do not see.
6 They have ears, but do not hear;
noses, but do not smell.
7 They have hands, but do not feel;
feet, but do not walk;
and they do not make a sound in their throat.
8 Those who make them become like them;
so do all who trust in them.
“You are what you eat” was a popular saying when I was growing up. The idea of the phrase was to remind us kids that if we ate poorly the result would be poor health. Time has proven that there is much truth in that statement. The proliferation of fast food and the ever increasing variety and quantity of “junk foods” are major factors in the rampant obesity we see in the United States. Reading the verses above from Psalm 115 made me think of the “you are what you eat” warning. In the these verses the psalmist is warning us of the dangers of worshipping idols. He rightly points out that there is no true life in things that are created by “the work of human hands”. He is essentially saying that idols are dead and lifeless. He says that those who create idols and worship them become like them, dead and lifeless. We have loosely defined idolatry here before as anything that you worship before God in your life. There is pastor who says that you can determine what you worship by looking at how you spend your time and your money. I really think these scriptures are a good reminder that no matter what we think is most important in this life, be it our job, our family, our possessions, or even our self esteem, none of these things actually have the ability to sustain us and none of these things should be worshiped in the place of God.
The psalmist starts Psalm 115 declaring:
115 Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory,
for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!
I think our continual challenge is to evaluate whether we are giving glory to God and finding our life in Him or are we giving glory to the life we have created for ourselves and looking to God just during weekly worship or in times of crisis. As disciples we have to seek the kingdom first and let all other activities in our life flow out of that priority.
Heavenly Father, thank you God for this day. Thank you for your steadfast love and faithfulness. Thank you that you are mindful of us to the point that you have revealed yourself and offered us the hand of fellowship with you. Reveal to us of the things we worship in your place. Help us have pure hearts. We offer praise to your name! In Jesus name, Amen.