by John Grant
“Not to us, O Lord. Not to us, but to your name give glory.” Psalm 115:1
In this modern humanistic multicultural world, Psalm 115 is a good read to compare heathen idols with our Lord. The contrast today is as great as was to the psalmist when this psalm was written.
The psalm tells us that their idols are silver and gold made by human hands. They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but cannot see. They have ears, but cannot hear, noses, but cannot smell. They have hands, but cannot feel, feet, but cannot walk, nor can they utter a sound with their throats. Those who make them will be like them, and so will all who trust in them.
But for those who trust in the Lord, He will bless.
Where is your trust? Another Psalm (20:7) reminds us that: “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” Our God always requires total trust in Him alone for our victories in life.
How do you avoid placing your trust in God today? Do you trust your bank accounts, your skills and the security of your workplace? When you begin to place your faith in these things instead of in the provider of these things you get into trouble with God.
The things of the world … power… possession… prestige, the status and material things of the world can separate us from God, but what the world calls great can disappear in an instant and gone forever. They also can distract us from our relationship with God.
Our God is a real God and His Word assures us that He is with always, no matter what happens in the world around us. He is alive. He is real and He cares about us. He wants to cover us with his wings, like a mother hen protects and provides for her chicks.
He assures us that when we call on Him, he will answer us and hear our prayers. His phone number is found in Jeremiah 33:3: “Call to me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”
So take your focus on the things of the world. Pick up your prayer phone and give Him a call. “Hear my voice when I call, Lord; be merciful to me and answer me. My heart says of you, seek his face. Your face, Lord, I will seek.” Psalm 27:7-8
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John Grant is a former Florida State Senator and is a practicing attorney
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