We are continuing our series of reflections on the Psalms. Each day we will upload a new reflection to the website. We hope and pray that you will find them helpful and that they bring hope during this season. Click on these buttons to read the text of the psalm or listen to a recording of it. You can also listen to the reflection using the audio player below.
This psalm asks us to make sure we honour the Lord and give him the glory, not ourselves, when he does wonderful things. People may say to us ‘where is your God?’ It is difficult to explain when we cannot see him, but we know he exists, because we see him working wonders and answering our prayers.
In contrast the writer almost mocks the idols of the nations. They are man made and unresponsive and are not even able to do what their makers could – speak, see, hear, smell, feel or walk. Why would men worship things so obviously below them? It has been said that we become like the things we worship. If we worship Jesus we will become more like him. But many of us can end up worshipping other things today – money, work, celebrities, clothes, sport… Do we give too much time and effort to things when we should be spending time with God? When Jesus was tempted his final response to his tempter was: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only’ (Matthew 4:10).
When we trust in God, he will be our help and shield and will bless us. He has given us the earth (verse 16) but we should use its resources for the good of humanity and not waste and destroy it. At the end the psalmist encourages us to praise the Lord – now and for evermore. Let everything that has breath, praise the Lord!
Dear Lord, please forgive us when we get distracted by things of this world and help us to love you with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our mind.