Scripture: Psalm 115
Key verse: (8) Those who make them are like them; so are all who trust in them.
Reflection: “I know you are but what am I?” “Takes one to know one.” Or the classic, at least in my childhood home of three boys, “The one who smelt it, dealt it.” All of these put downs are an attempt to take pressure off of you and put the problem or mockery where it belongs — on the other person. I know, what a worthy beginning to a daily devotional but I’m just following the psalmist’s lead who himself is answering a challenge. Someone is making fun of him for worshipping a God they claim one cannot see or point to while they can point to an image of their deity (what we call an idol).
“But you made the idol!” the psalmist retaliates, which is to say it is not greater than you. You are what you make is the point and what you make is you. But the God whom the psalmist worships made heaven and earth (which is to say: everything!). The idol belongs to you, is owned by you, and, dangerously, you are owned by it (and it is unworthy of your life). We, however, belong to God and in that relationship one finds love without measure, hope beyond compare, mercy without end.
The human heart is an idol factory, John Calvin said. We are always creating something that we think we desire or can trust or that will complete us. But we are wrong. Every. Single. Time. Our trust, our desire, our wholeness, our peace, our entire salvation can only belong to and come from the One from whom all blessings flow.
Prayer: Doxology//Amen by Phil Wickman (YouTube)
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].