Psalm Saturday | Distracted from God?

The unknown psalmist calls on God to clear His name amid a nation of people who had turned away from the Lord in favor of pagan idols. In biblical times, people were mocking God’s inactivity and seeming unresponsiveness. Where was God and why did He remain silent amid the travesties and treacheries impacting daily life? Instead of trusting in God, the people turned to other things, putting them in place of God.

Sound familiar?

Yes, we live in an age rife with mockers and scoffers. We are overwhelmed with idols seeking to distract us from God. We are told prayer doesn’t work and are cajoled into not praying in public settings. God’s good name is being smeared daily. Anyone of us could write this same psalm because its heartfelt cry of lament rings true today.

We tend to resemble what we worship. Worship and follow the sovereign God of the universe, and we become more like His image, which we were created in. Our idols, on the other hand, consume us until we are no longer recognizable. They draw us away from God, not closer to Him.

Like then, it is important for us to worship God during our time on Earth for it will be impossible for us to do something in Heaven that we did not practice on Earth. If we expect God to know us on THAT DAY, then we need to know Him TODAY.

praying

Psalm 115

1 Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory,
for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!

2 Why should the nations say,
Where is their God?
3 Our God is in the heavens;
he does all that he pleases.

4 Their idols are silver and gold,
the work of human hands.
5 They have mouths, but do not speak;
eyes, but do not see.
6 They have ears, but do not hear;
noses, but do not smell.
7 They have hands, but do not feel;
feet, but do not walk;
and they do not make a sound in their throat.
8 Those who make them become like them;
so do all who trust in them.

9 O Israel, trust in the Lord!
He is their help and their shield.
10 O house of Aaron, trust in the Lord!
He is their help and their shield.
11 You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord!
He is their help and their shield.

12 The Lord has remembered us; he will bless us;
he will bless the house of Israel;
he will bless the house of Aaron;
13 he will bless those who fear the Lord,
both the small and the great.

14 May the Lord give you increase,
you and your children!
15 May you be blessed by the Lord,
who made heaven and earth!

16 The heavens are the Lord’s heavens,
but the earth he has given to the children of man.
17 The dead do not praise the Lord,
nor do any who go down into silence.
18 But we will bless the Lord
from this time forth and forevermore.
Praise the Lord!

 

Is there something distracting you from a closer relationship with the Lord? I pray that the Lord would lovingly remove whatever obstacles are impeding your relationship with Him or that whatever stumbling block stands in your way might be graciously taken away.

Praise the Lord!

Blessings,

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Source(s):

Lockyer, Herbert (1966). All the Books and Chapters of the Bible. Zondervan. Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Tomlin, Chris and Whitehead, David. (2017). Holy Roar: 7 Words That Will Change the Way You Worship. Thomas Nelson Publishing. Nashville.

White, James F. (1993) A Brief History of Christian Worship. Abingdon Press. Nashville.

Bible.org

Bob Utley’s Free Bible Commentary

Constable’s Notes

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