Not to us, Lord, not to us, but to Your name give glory because of Your faithful love, because of Your truth. Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?” Our God is in heaven and does whatever He pleases. Their idols are silver and gold, made by human hands. They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but cannot see. They have ears, but cannot hear, noses, but cannot smell. They have hands, but cannot feel, feet, but cannot walk. They cannot make a sound with their throats. Those who make them are just like them, as are all who trust in them (vv. 1-8).
While heathen nations ask, “Where is their God?” our Lord is going about doing whatever he pleases.
Pagan idols are inanimate—having never possessed life—and obviously impotent. Made by man from the metals of the earth, they are unable to see, to hear, to smell, to feel, to speak, or to move about. God himself is responsible for the raw materials from which they are molded! Interestingly, the psalmist observes that the artisans who make idols, as well as those who trust in them, will be “like them”—powerless and useless.
We tend to become “like” the people we idolize, the environment we live in, even the music we hear! We absorb like a sponge the personalities and mannerisms of the people we admire. As mentors and models, they dramatically alter and influence our lives. It’s also true that our minds are somewhat like computers. If we program them with junk, junk comes out! And if any of these people or things become more important to us than God, then we become idolators!
In short, there is only one authentic, infinite, personal God of the universe. Counterfeit gods are not only disappearing, but dead. What a pathetic waste when a person bestows his allegiance on worthless pieces of junk—whether they be carved images or compact discs! We must focus on the things that are excellent (see Phil, 4:8).
O Lord, not to us, but to Your Name be the glory and honor.