Semi-Devo 3: Psalm 115:3

This verse is found in Psalm 115. For context, I list verses 1-8, bolding verse 3. I use the New King James Version here:

Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us,
But to Your name give glory,
Because of Your mercy,
Because of Your truth.
Why should the Gentiles say,
“So where is their God?”

But our God is in heaven;
He does whatever He pleases.
Their idols are silver and gold,
The work of men’s hands.
They have mouths, but they do not speak;
Eyes they have, but they do not see;
They have ears, but they do not hear;
Noses they have, but they do not smell;
They have hands, but they do not handle;
Feet they have, but they do not walk;
Nor do they mutter through their throat.
Those who make them are like them;
So is everyone who trusts in them.

In a section that shows the superiority of God and the folly of idols (in a psalm about the praise of the LORD for His love and faithfulness towards His people), I wanted to highlight one thing; God is not bound by what we do or do not do, as shown in the bolded verse.

For most of the posts I do, I conduct research. This sometimes involves listening to sermons that feature good, bad, vague or heretical teaching (sometimes even a combination of some sort). One teaching (or perhaps belief) I have encountered is the belief that God wants to “fill in the blank” (i.e., bless you, make you happy, do things for you, etc.) if you would just either say certain words, do certain tasks, pray a certain prayer, make space for Him, etc.. This is a false belief. It essentially makes God look like someone who works with people on a “quid pro quo” level (this for that). God is not bound by our lack of activity. Furthermore, we cannot do certain things to “handcuff the hands of God” (I noted the futility of such a statement in a book review here). God already did the work by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, the only way by which mankind may be saved, to die on the cross and rise from the dead to pay the penalty for our sins and purchase a place in heaven for us while we (who have ALL sinned) were yet sinners (Isaiah 53:6; Romans 5:8; 1 Timothy 1:15; Romans 6:23, 3:23; Acts 4:12). God, a holy, just, and loving God, is sovereign (Exodus 34:7; 1 John 4:8; John 10:30; Psalm 90:2, 93:1, 139:1-13; 1 Timothy 1:17, Revelation 19:6). He does what He pleases.

One cannot handcuff God’s hands by either doing certain things or not doing certain things. This would strip Him of His being an all-powerful, sovereign God. Furthermore, this elevates man (the creation) above God (the creator), which is dangerous (see Genesis 3).

For those that know God and have repented of their sins as they trust in Him alone for salvation, it is awesome to know how powerful He is. For those that don’t, please understand He does not wish for any to perish but for all to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). One can repent, be forgiven and bear fruit in keeping with repentance, serving a mighty God who is more powerful than all (Romans 10; Matthew 3:8; John 10:30; Psalm 90:2, 93:1, 139:1-13; 1 Timothy 1:17, Revelation 19:6).

 

 

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