Psalm 115:8 “Those who make them will be like them, and so will all who trust in them.”
The author of this psalm talks about the idols of silver and gold made by men. He says these Gods are incapable of speech, of seeing, of hearing, of smelling, of feeling, of walking and are unable to utter a sound. Then he says in verse 8 not only will those who make them be like them but also the ones that trust in them. There is no life or reward in serving idols.
In today’s world we may look with disdain upon those who make offerings to idols of stone hoping to curry their favor. But we can serve idols made of men’s hands that are not anymore a God than an image covered in gold. Aren’t there people worshipping the almighty dollar or the dream home? Do we not aspire to have the right brand name in our home, our driveway or on our body?
The problem with a corporation is it is simply a legal identity served by its employees and owned by thousands of stockholders but it has no soul, no heart, no ability to care and bless. People retire or are made redundant by it and it doesn’t care how long they served or what will happen to them next. The bottom line with idolatry is the idol doesn’t care. It can’t respond. And the worst thing about that are those who worship it become just like it. When profit becomes the goal with hospitals or caring institutions, people in need may be turned away because they can’t pay. We lose the heart of God, which is our true nature, when we follow after and trust in idols.
The psalm goes on to say that the Lord is our help and shield. Then verses 12 and 13 say: “The LORD remembers us and will bless us: He will bless the house of Israel, he will bless the house of Aaron, he will bless those who fear the LORD-- small and great alike.” Unlike the idols made by man the Lord blesses those who worship Him.
The word, bless, means to show favor and prosperity to someone. Isn’t that the hope of all mankind? Isn’t that your hope?
Prayer: “May the LORD make you increase, both you and your children. May you be blessed by the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. Praise the Lord.”