“[The idols] have mouths, but they do not speak; they have eyes, but they do not see; they have ears, but they do not hear, and there is no breath in their mouths. Those who make them and all who trust them shall become like them.” [Psalm 135:16-18]
I find the psalmist’s description of idols haunting. Idols have mouths to consume us. Idols have eyes to shame us. Idols have ears to make us worry. Idols have power and yet no breath. They lure us into believing that we cannot live without them and trick us into serving them to be successful in our endeavors. Have you ever been lured by an idol? Advertisers know how to appeal to our national idols and our nation’s notion of success. If you buy this, you will be more youthful. If you invest in this, your portfolio will grow exponentially. If you do this, you will be more powerful. And then the psalmist says, “All who trust in idols shall become like them.” I don’t know about you, but I certainly don’t want to become an inanimate object that lures others to a false sense of self. As Augustine of Hippo said of God and us,“Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.” We will never find rest in idols, we will only want for more. We will be restless until we rest in God alone.
Holy One, I am thankful that you do not abandon me to the idols so prevalent in our society. Your steadfast love and grace are ready to guide me. Give me the courage to name and denounce the idols that vie for my allegiance. Help me to trust and rest in you alone. Amen.