God of the Living

10 Jan

I am at Psalm 115 with just 35 left to go. I was excited when a number of people responded to my blog announcement on Facebook and resolved to blog more often. Now that the number of people viewing the blog has diminished, my energy and resolve wane. Without “viewers” to this blog there is little purpose in blogging.

Anyway, this is the reasoning of the writer of Psalm 115. God needs to save the people of Israel, because without the people there will be no one to praise God’s name.

1-2 Not for our sake, God, no, not for our sake,
but for your name’s sake, show your glory.
Do it on account of your merciful love,
do it on account of your faithful ways.
Do it so none of the nations can say,
“Where now, oh where is their God?”

God is to save the people, so that the world knows that God is one of power; that God is a living God. The next part of the psalm talks about the other people’s false gods; the one that have been produced by people’s hands.

Our God is in heaven
doing whatever he wants to do.
Their gods are metal and wood,
handmade in a basement shop:
Carved mouths that can’t talk,
painted eyes that can’t see,
Tin ears that can’t hear,
molded noses that can’t smell,
Hands that can’t grasp, feet that can’t walk or run,
throats that never utter a sound.
Those who make them have become just like them,
have become just like the gods they trust.

The section of the psalms reflects a reality that we become what we worship. Being transformed into the likeness of our God is our purpose in life. But, what is we are actually worshiping something else? What is we worship our jobs or our kids or our “stuff”. . . I believe it is true that what we worship will be seen in our lives. So, what do you place first and highest in your life?

Of course the palmist praises God; it is what they do.

But you, Israel: put your trust in God!
—trust your Helper! trust your Ruler!
Clan of Aaron, trust in God!
—trust your Helper! trust your Ruler!
You who fear God, trust in God!
—trust your Helper! trust your Ruler!
12-16 O God, remember us and bless us,
bless the families of Israel and Aaron.
And let God bless all who fear God—
bless the small, bless the great.
Oh, let God enlarge your families—
giving growth to you, growth to your children.
May you be blessed by God,
by God, who made heaven and earth.
The heaven of heavens is for God,
but he put us in charge of the earth.

Finally, the psalm returns to the theme that God should save the people so their will be someone to praise God’s name. I wonder how that deal is really working out for God; saving us so we can give God the glory and praise through our words, and actions, and lives?

17-18 Dead people can’t praise God—
not a word to be heard from those buried in the ground.
But we bless God, oh yes—
we bless him now, we bless him always!

I hope we can find a way to bring glory to the God who has given us life today.


One Response to “God of the Living”

  1. Phyllis Terwilliger January 10, 2014 at 4:28 pm #


    I really like receiving these in my e-mail. It puts it right in my face daily. Thanks for your commitment to tackle the psalms.

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