Psalm 115 – Trust God & Give Glory To Him
Psalm 115:1-18 NIV
Not to us, O Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.
Why do the nations say, “Where is their God?”
Our God is in heaven; He does whatever pleases Him.
But their idols are silver and gold, made by the hands of men.
They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but they cannot see;
they have ears, but cannot hear, noses, but they cannot smell;
they have hands, but cannot feel, feet, but they 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
O house of Israel, trust in the Lord – He is their help and shield.
O house of Aaron, trust in the Lord – He is their help and shield.
You who fear Him, trust in the Lord – He is their help and shield.
The Lord remembers us and will bless us: He will bless the house of Israel, He will bless the house of Aaron,
He will bless those who fear the Lord – small and great alike.
May the Lord make you increase, both you and your children.
May you be blessed by the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
The highest heavens belong to the Lord, but the earth He has given to man.
It is not the dead who praise the Lord, those who go down to silence;
it is we who extol the Lord, both now and forevermore. Praise the Lord.
We should always, give glory to God, and “not to us”, because of God’s “love and faithfulness”. God’s love and faithfulness are two distinct natures of God. These qualities are why we can trust Him. God’s love for us, greater than that between parents and children, makes Him protect us at all cost. His faithfulness is His loyalty and steadfastness to the truth that endures forever.
These should be the foundation of our Christianity. The Psalmist began with this verse because this is a very important truth for us to hold on. When we struggle to decide whom we should trust, remember that God loves us and He is faithful.
God’s love and faithfulness go hand in hand. God does not need to be faithful to us if He does not love us. If He is not faithful to us, we will be lost. We can always trust God. We should imitate God’s love and faithfulness too. Besides loving our spouse, children and friends, we need to be faithful to them, just as God is to us.
Those are people who build put their faith and trust on something else other than God. The Psalmist said, “Those who make them (the idol makers) will be like them (the idols), and so will all who trust in them (the idol worshippers)”. Basically, the idol makers and the idol worshippers will be like the idols. They trust inanimate objects that will not be able to respond to them or help them, and with whom they cannot have genuine relationships. We may have wondered if they are worth following. But do we really want to be like them?
God is our “help and shield”. He protects us, not only now but through eternity.
God “remembers us and will bless us”. The heavens are His but he has given earth to us. We will do well on this earth, in accordance to God’s plan. I am not alluding to the ‘prosperity gospel’ that teaches that financial blessings and physical well-being are always God’s will for us if we have faith and make donations. It is never like that. God wants to prosper us according to His plan, not as a transaction with us. That is why we ought to praise God; He blesses us according to His will. God cannot be bought.
It is we, “not the dead”, that will praise the Lord. We are alive and enjoying God’s blessings. We are able to recognise God’s love and faithfulness and give glory to Him.
Andy is the head of compliance for an international bank and is happily married, with three daughters. He became a disciple of Christ three decades ago, and studies God's Word passionately. He desires to be constantly led by the Spirit.