What man makes depends upon man. An engine can lift a heavier object than the man who made it can. But a man must put the fuel into the tank, turn the switch to start it, and place upon it the object to be lifted. And it came into being by the work of man’s hand and mind.
How foolish it is then for man not to trust in and worship God who made him, rather than to trust in and worship the things that he thought up, made, and must carry about if they are going to be moved. And how wise it is to take heed to the words of the psalmist as in Psalm 96:5, 6 he wrote these words: “For all the gods of the nations are idols: but God made the heavens. Honor and majesty are before him: strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
Our versification sings it thus:
Vain are the heathen gods, idols and helpless;
God made the heavens, and His glory they tell;
Honor and majesty shine out before Him,
Beauty and strength in His temple dwell.
This is presented by the psalmist because he had called us to sing praises to God and to tell the world that He is God alone. He made the heavens which are the highest point in creation. Upon Him all things depend; and He depends on no one and on nothing. If we do not trust in Him and worship Him, we trust in and worship that which has no majesty and honor, no strength and beauty. The unbeliever trusts in and worships that which does not exist and is an imaginary god.
In wisdom we sing praises to God and tell the world round about us that He is God alone. Man and his idol depend upon God. Unto Him only should we look for blessings; and Him we should thank for everything we receive.
Every morning when we awake, we should look to God for the needs of the day. Every night thank Him for what we received. And that does not simply mean our material, earthly needs. Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary. There typically men saw the strength and beauty of the cross that brings us all the heavenly blessings of our salvation.
Read: Psalm 115
Psalter versification: 259:3
This devotional was written by Rev. Heys and published by the Reformed Book Outlet.