Praise God, Not Idols

The Wednesday feature of the Worldly Saints blog is a Scriptural meditation whereby I take a verse or passage I have been pondering lately and seek to edify my readers with it’s promises, encouragements, warnings, rebukes, etc.


God is greater than every idol. Psalm 135:13-18 says, “Your name, O LORD, endures forever, your renown, O LORD, throughout all ages. For the LORD will vindicate his people and have compassion on his servants. The idols of the nations are silver and gold, the work of human hands. They have mouths, but do not speak; they have eyes, but do not see; they have ears, but do not hear, nor is there any breath in their mouths. Those who make them become like them, so do all who trust in them” (vs. 13-18).

The psalmist refers to God’s “name” because Scripture consistently associates the Lord’s reputation with His name. His “name” will last forever. God will outlast all the nations, all the enemies of His people, all the winds and clouds, etc.

And this eternal worth and nature of God stands in a stark contrast to worthless, temporary idols. Ever thought out how limited idols are?

      • Idols are powerless, because as we read, they have to be created; God does not have to have an origin. Idols are created by man, propagated by man and, unfortunately, idolized by man. No idol is God-made.
      • Idols cannot speak. They cannot command; they cannot communicate; they cannot deliver promises; they cannot console broken hearts; they cannot prophesy and they cannot explain prophecy. They are speechless; they cannot speak at all.
      • Idols cannot see. They cannot visualize who is worshipping them. They are blind and unable to make anything out of the images before them.
      • Idols cannot hear. The songs sung to them go unheard; the praises cast their direction are never pondered or considered because they are not noticed or attended to because they cannot hear them.
      • Idols cannot do anything. They may be given limbs or tongues or a mouth, but they are as unable to zilch. They cannot grab anything given to them or distribute anything good or bad; they cannot go from one place to another without something lifting them up and carrying them.

One of the terrible things about idols is that they are utterly useless when you need them most. Not so with God! So is this cause for praise? I sure hope so. God is all-powerful, speaks clearly and sufficiently, sees everything, hears everything, is everywhere, and can do whatever He pleases.


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