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1 Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth's sake.

2 Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is now their God?

3 But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.

4 Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands.

5 They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not:

6 They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not:

7 They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat.

8 They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.

9 O Israel, trust thou in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.

10 O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.

11 Ye that fear the LORD, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.

12 The LORD hath been mindful of us: he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron.

13 He will bless them that fear the LORD, both small and great.

14 The LORD shall increase you more and more, you and your children.

15 Ye are blessed of the LORD which made heaven and earth.

16 The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD'S: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.

17 The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence.

18 But we will bless the LORD from this time forth and for evermore. Praise the LORD.

Commentary for Psalms 115

Glory to be ascribed to God. (1-8) by trusting in him and praising him. (9-18)

1-8 Let no opinion of our own merits have any place in our prayers or in our praises. All the good we do, is done by the power of his grace; and all the good we have, is the gift of his mere mercy, and he must have all the praise. Are we in pursuit of any mercy, and wrestling with God for it, we must take encouragement in prayer from God only. Lord, do so for us; not that we may have the credit and comfort of it, but that they mercy and truth may have the glory of it. The heathen gods are senseless things. They are the works of men's hands: the painter, the carver, the statuary, can put no life into them, therefore no sense. The psalmist hence shows the folly of the worshippers of idols.

9-18 It is folly to trust in dead images, but it is wisdom to trust in the living God, for he is a help and a shield to those that trust in him. Wherever there is right fear of God, there may be cheerful faith in him; those who reverence his word, may rely upon it. He is ever found faithful. The greatest need his blessing, and it shall not be denied to the meanest that fear him. God's blessing gives an increase, especially in spiritual blessings. And the Lord is to be praised: his goodness is large, for he has given the earth to the children of men for their use. The souls of the faithful, after they are delivered from the burdens of the flesh, are still praising him; but the dead body cannot praise God: death puts an end to our glorifying him in this world of trial and conflict. Others are dead, and an end is thereby put to their service, therefore we will seek to do the more for God. We will not only do it ourselves, but will engage others to do it; to praise him when we are gone. Lord, thou art the only object for faith and love. Help us to praise thee while living and when dying, that thy name may be the first and last upon our lips: and let the sweet savour of thy name refresh our souls for ever.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 115

  • Matt Johnson
    What a wonderful Psalm! It was a very inspiring read tonight.
  • Amy
    We have many reasons why to love Jehovah God. As verse 16 brings out, he has given us our beautiful earthly home. He also provides food and other things we need in order to sustain our life. We should always remember to thank God for these things
  • Ron
    David makes it clear that God is in the heavens and absolutely in control of everything and everyone. However if we get no more answers and help than the idol worshipers we should remember Isaiah 59 :2 "Your iniquities separate you from God,your sins have hid His face from you so He does not hear us." repent and reestablish the communications with God. Hosea 4 :6 my people parish because - -
  • Beta
    is the NKJV as same as the KJV?
  • Sims
    Wow! I'm increasingly astounded by Our Father's sheerness to move, impact and exact Himself in people's hearts and minds. Lets us always be careful not to be idolatrous, praising man and man made things above Him. Secularization is a HUGE problem. We need to keep our lives and environments holy! Satan and his evildoers will ALWAYS try to remove godly ways fro our lives. But praise be to God for His PRECIOUS Gift who Shepard's us in this fallen world, and leads us His loved ones through the narrow gate.
  • Mudeline sylvestre
    In america we worship ourselves we make food our God our houses our cars our computers, fasting is a very big part of a christian life but must american christian don 't fast, God is the greater physician but we don 't trust him enough with our bodies but trust in their doctors and they are killing our bodies with so much chemical our bodie is Gods temple God shall be first to consult for everything if we do that all will be well we need to practice the word that Jesus left us follow his example idolatry can come all form we have to be careful always we are dealing with spiritual stuffs here this word in psalm 115 said he who fears the Lord trust Him, fear God is the beginning of wisdom its time to make Jesus our first in all we do ,Jesus gave us plainty example to follow .Trust and obey

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Bible Trivia

How is God different from the heathens' false idols?
  • He's Small
  • Requires Human Sacrifice
  • Looks Like Animal
  • He's Wooden
  • He's Alive