“The idols of the nations are silver and gold, the work of human hands.” [Psalm 135:15]
The psalmist spends four verses extolling God and then begins to recount the wonders of what God has done for the people of God. Through all their trials and tribulations, God vindicates them and has compassion on them. Then the psalmist turns to the words found in verse fifteen, which focus on what draws our attention away from God. Idols come in all shapes and sizes, although the psalmist focuses on silver and gold, the work of human hands. We can idolize our possessions, being driven by always wanting more. We can idolize wealth and work ourselves to death increasing our portfolios. We can even idolize ourselves, being driven by our egos. The definition of idol is simply something that we worship other than God. On a national level it is easy to see what our nation worships – individual choice, youth, money and power. But, on a personal level discerning our idols is not so easy. What we worship, other than God, will reveal its self though, if we dare to ask God to show us. Do you remember what Jesus said to the rich young man who had everything? “Go, sell your possessions, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me. The young man went away grieving, for he had many possessions.” Spend some time asking this day for God to reveal to you what you worship, at times, other than God.
Gracious God, it is hard to admit that I might worship silver and gold or anything else other than you. You alone deserve my worship and praise. Yet, I fall prey to the wiles of the world. Forgive me and renew within me a humble spirit that worships only you. Amen.