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Songs of Praise: Psalm 133-135

Happy Monday, friends! Let’s begin this week with reading Psalm 133-135. (Click on the link to read the words God inspired.)

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.

Psalm 135:15-18

This Psalm gives us a clear picture of idolatry. Idols described as mute, deaf, and dumb. They cannot speak or see, hear or breathe. Human gods made with human hands have no power… no life.

The last sentence is a doozie. Those who make them become like them, so do all who trust in them. Ouch! When we worship other things, we too become blind, deaf, and speechless. We become dead just like the thing we worship.

I doubt you have some golden calf or ashera pole in your home. Our idols don’t look like those of the Old Testament. But still, we are prone to worship other things. Money, material things, status and power to name a few.

How do you know? What is the test to see if something has become an idol in your life? Take a moment to answer a few questions.

Where do you spend most of your time?

Take a look at your bank account. Where is your money going?

What consumes your thoughts?

Do you see a common thread? Ask God to reveal any idols in your life. When and if He does, throw them out. Cast them far from your life, and choose to worship the one and only God.

Because when we worship the one true God, we become like Him. We see and hear and breathe. In Him we are alive!

Father God, reveal the idols I’ve made in my life. Free me from their grip on my life. I want what You promise, not the lies of the world.

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Songs of Praise: Psalm 113-115

We continue today with Psalm 113-115. (Click on the link or turn to the verses in your Bible.)

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

Psalm 115:4-8

I’m reading along, nodding my head. It makes sense. Nothing we make, decide to worship has any life-like qualities. They can’t speak or see. Idols don’t hear my cries or feel my pain. No idol has ever taken one step. I get it. Idols have no life in them.

If that were the end of it, I would still be shaking my head, yes. But, the last line stopped me dead in my tracks. What? I read it again.

Those who make them become like them; so do all who trust them. The them being idols.

Wait. Let me get this straight. Though the idols I create in my life are blind, deaf, mute, and dumb, I can become like them?! Uhhh… NO! Not something I want to happen.

So I ask myself. I ask God. What idols are in my life? What needs to go, because I never, not ever, want to be like them.

What about you? Are there idols you’ve been hanging on to? Is there some resemblance you’ve noticed? Are you becoming blind and deaf to Truth? Has your mouth ceased to praise God?

Maybe today is the day to lay them down.

Father God, I do not want to become lifeless like man-made idols. Reveal the things I’ve placed before You. The things I trust in more than You. Help me remove them from my life.

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