Psalm 115: Dumb Idols

If we aren’t deserving, why does God love us?

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Psalm 115:1 We don’t deserve your lovingkindness, Lord, but we praise you because that is who you are, full of love and mercy, faithfulness and truth.
Romans 5:8 The immense greatness of God’s love is proven by the fact that we were undeserving sinners when Christ died for us.
Ephesians 2:8–9 We are saved from death, not as a result of any personal achievement but because we have chosen to believe and accept God’s unmerited gift. Since eternal life is God’s gift, we cannot boast that we have done something to deserve his favor.
King James
Psalm 115:1 Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth’s sake.
Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Ephesians 2:8–9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

When people say, “Where is God?” are they sincerely wanting to know? Why?

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Psalm 115:2 Why do people say, “Where is their God now?”
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Psalm 115:2 Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is now their God?

If God lives elsewhere, how can we know him here?

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Psalm 115:3 Our God lives far above us, but he is pleased to be doing all that is good on Earth.
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Psalm 115:3 But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.

Why do idols make sense to those who worship them?

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Psalm 115:4–8 People worship money and possessions, the success they make with their own hands. They make idols from their silver and gold, which have eyes without insight and mouths that can’t give direction.
They have ears without hearing and noses that can’t smell anything. Their hands can’t grip anything, and their feet will take them nowhere. They can’t make a sound. Those who worship the work of their hands will be like what they have made: blind, deaf, and dumb.
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Psalm 115:4–8 Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not: They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not: They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat. They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.

Why do people become like what they worship?

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Psalm 115:8 Those who worship the work of their hands will be like what they have made: blind, deaf, and dumb.
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Psalm 115:8 They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.)

Why is it sometimes difficult to trust the Lord?

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Psalm 115:9 Let people trust the Lord, for he will be their protector, the one who will satisfy their needs.
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Psalm 115:9 O Israel, trust thou in the Lord: he is their help and their shield.

Why would religious leaders need encouragement to rely upon the Lord?

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Psalm 115:10 Religious leaders, rely upon the Lord, for he is your protector, the one who satisfies.
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Psalm 115:10 O house of Aaron, trust in the Lord: he is their help and their shield.

What can we reasonably expect God to do when we trust him? What should we do if those expectations aren’t met?

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Psalm 115:11–14 Let all who respect the Lord trust in him, for he will be their guardian. He will satisfy the hunger of their hearts.
The Lord has been watching over us. He will bless us, his people, and the religious leaders. He will bless those who revere him, no matter how insignificant we might think they are.
The Lord will richly bless you and your children.
King James
Psalm 115:11–14 Ye that fear the Lord, trust in the Lord: he is their help and their shield. 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. He will bless them that fear the Lord, both small and great. The Lord shall increase you more and more, you and your children.

What blessings can we enjoy in Heaven that we don’t have on Earth?

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Psalm 115:15 May you be blessed of the Lord, Creator of Heaven and Earth.
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Psalm 115:15 Ye are blessed of the LORD which made heaven and earth.

How much should we care about things on Earth?

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Psalm 115:16 The highest heavens belong to the Lord, but he has given Earth into people’s care.
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Psalm 115:16 The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.

What does it mean to be “alive”?

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Genesis 2:16–17 He gave strict instructions, saying, “You may eat the fruit of every tree in the garden except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Never eat that fruit, or you will die.”
Psalm 115:17–18 Dead people don’t praise the Lord. Everyone in the grave is silent, but we will praise the Lord, both now and forever.
1 Corinthians 15:22 Born of Adam, we all die, but in the new birth in Christ we have eternal life.
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Genesis 2:16–17 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
Psalm 115:17–18 The dead praise not the Lord, neither any that go down into silence. But we will bless the Lord from this time forth and for evermore. Praise the Lord.
1 Corinthians 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.