Billions of people on earth worship idols and overlook their Creator. Perhaps some in their eagerness to grasp hold of a god they can “see” and “touch” turn their eyes, ears and hearts away from the One True God who can save them. Despite the peoples’ blasphemy all their idols are ultimately powerless and inactive. Contrast that with the actions of our God! He does what he pleases, spoke the earth into existence, is our help and our shield, blesses us, ensures us a lasting legacy, gives us an inheritance and gives glory to Himself through good works that display his lovingkindness and truth.
I love verse 12 which sums up His active involvement in our lives “The Lord has been mindful of us; He will bless us.” It juxtaposes the deadness of idols against God’s agency in that he observes and he acts. Elsewhere we are reminded that God’s eye roams over all the earth (2 Chron 16:9) and He has a mighty hand and an outstretched arm (Psalm 136:12).
Our response should be to trust Him and expect His blessing. That call applies at the national, family and personal level (vv9-13).
Perhaps the most striking contrast with the idol-worshippers (who end up silent) is that God’s followers here are completely invigorated by submitting to God. At the start and the end of this Psalm people are praying and praising, I think to emphasise the effect of worshiping the correct God. Knowing the God of the bible should lead to lots of lively worship. Author Warren Wiersbe sums it up well when he says, “Worship and praise are the thermometer of the spiritual life. If our hearts are cold and complaining, we will be silent, like the dead; but if our hearts are warm and appreciative, we will praise and bless God wherever we are.”
Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus | Helen H. Lemmel
- O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s light for a look at the Savior,
And life more abundant and free!
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.
- Through death into life everlasting
He passed, and we follow Him there;
O’er us sin no more hath dominion—
For more than conqu’rors we are!
- His Word shall not fail you—He promised;
Believe Him, and all will be well:
Then go to a world that is dying,
His perfect salvation to tell!
Paul G. Apple 2000 “Heart Connection: A Devotional Commentary on The Psalms”