Get a Life

September 8, 2008 at 11:06 am | Posted in Devotional thoughts, Wisdom | Leave a comment

This weekend I was pondering Psalm 115.  I have often laughed at this psalm, as it shows God’s sense of humor.  Reading it today I saw the main theme in a new light — it tells us to “get a life.”  The poem begins with a reminder that God deserves all glory and praise and that he dwells in the heavens ruling there as he pleases.  He is a sovereign God.  But then it compares him to the idols of the nations.  The idols are made by human hands, and, with mocking voice, we are told, “They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but cannot see; they have ears, but cannot hear, noses, but they cannot smell; they have hands, but cannot feel, feet, but they cannot walk; nor can they utter a sound with their throats.”  And that is followed by the passage I find so humorous: “Those who make them will be like them, and so will all who trust in them!”  Idols have the appearance of life, but no real life; so those who trust idols may have an appearance of life, but they don’t really have life as the God who created them intended.  The direct command is “Trust in the LORD;” but the implied command is “Get a life!”

In our culture, we have almost no incidents of people bowing down to statues, but we do have idols of all kinds.  We look for life in all sorts of things, and those things become our idols:  power and fame, money and possessions, sex and pornography, sports and performing arts, drugs and alcohol, friends and relatives, even hard work and accomplishments.  Many of these things are not bad in their proper setting, but when we try to get life from them, they prove to be empty.  Like the idols in Psalm 115, they have only an appearance of life.  Genuine life is found in God alone.  Trust in him and get a life.

Solomon addressed this topic in his book called Ecclesiastes.  To read more about it check out my article called “Life Can Be Empty.”


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