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.
We deserve no glory. I am saddened when I see saints of God try to claim the glory. It is our pride that gets in the way and causes us to desire a little bit of that for ourselves. We feel we deserve it when we are ministering to so many people or when we bring in the presence of God during a worship service. Believe me I know this feeling and I have been caught up in it many times in my life. The psalmist has it right here. Not unto us, oh Lord, but to your name be the glory because of your mercy and your truth. There is that divine coupling again of mercy and truth and we need to be walking in everyday life.
The heathens are still saying where is your God today. They see all the destruction, the wars and the trouble in our world and they wonder where God is. Well it’s a simple answer. Our God is in the heavens and He is doing what pleases Him. His ways are high above our ways and we may never understand why certain things have happened. All we can do is trust Him that He is doing what is best. When we lose that trust, we start to question God we walk out of His will. Let us just work on what we were put here to do. We were put here to have fellowship with Him in our praise and worship. And we were commissioned to win the lost to Christ. If we will concentrate on these two things we will see a lot happen in this world.
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.
Now the writer turns his attention to the gods of the heathen. I think it’s kind of funny myself. They’re made by man’s hands out of silver and gold, they have mouths but they can’t speak, eyes but they can’t see, ears but they can’t hear and noses but they can’t smell. They have hands but they can’t handle things and they have feet but they don’t walk. What good are they? What can they accomplish? Can they really get anything done? When I look at this description of the heathen gods I would say the are pretty impotent. Our God is omnipotent. Their gods have no power, our God is all-powerful.
Then he makes a real bold statement when he says the people that made those gods are just like them. If they trust in those god’s they are just like them. They have hands but they don’t do things to better people. They have feet but they don’t walk, they have noses but they don’t smell, they have ears and eyes but they don’t hear and see. They are not open to the truth – their minds are closed. They serve gods that have no power whatsoever. They are not willing to listen and hear about the God who is all-powerful. It’s amazing to me that some very brilliant people who are atheist cannot see the glory of God in all creation.
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.
This triplet is very interesting in that he addresses three different classifications of people. The first is the nation of Israel, the second is the priesthood or the leadership and the third takes in anyone else who fears the Lord. That would include us. We are also told that we are a royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9). And we are also told that we Are Spiritual Israel (Gal 3:7). So we fit all three of these classifications.
Then he tells each of them the same thing – trust in the Lord for He is our help and our Shield. When we trust in God the way it is mentioned above, then we are in His hands no matter what we see going on around us and we know He will help us through any situation that we find ourselves in. We never have to fear or worry about that. He will also shield us from those things that might be too much for us to bear. We will not have to worry that whatever situation comes our way will be too difficult for us to handle. If something was headed our way that was too difficult He would shield us from it. That’s His Mercy. What an awesome God we serve
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.
Don’t you love it that the Lord is mindful of you? That tells me that his mind is on me. How he does that with 7 billion people on this Earth is way beyond my comprehension, but the word promises that his mind is on us. He counts the hairs on our head (Luke 12:7). With me that number changes daily. What an awesome fact that is. And now he mentions that these three classifications of people will be blessed. Whether they’re small or great in His kingdom they will be blessed. It doesn’t matter what task they are accomplishing for His kingdom. It doesn’t matter their stature. It doesn’t matter what we see in them. It only matters what the Lord sees in them. And He will bless them
He will also increase us. Now I would like to think that means increase in worldly possessions. And many of us look at it that way when we talk about the God increasing us. But I am actually more interested in increasing in wisdom, peace, joy and love. These qualities are much more important to me than worldly possessions. He will also increase our children. I pray they will be increasing the same way and that they will see the value of that over having earthly possessions. This Lord that is blessing us is the one who made the heavens and the Earth, so we know that He is capable a blessing us in ways that we can’t even possibly imagine.
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.
We always have to remember that all of the heavens belong to God but He has given this earth to us. And Adam gave this earth to Satan when he ate of the forbidden fruit – original sin. Satan is the prince and the power of this earth. And he goes about creating chaos wherever he goes. But he does have to get permission from God to do what he does. He does not have her free reign. And those of us who are under the blood are free of his treachery. We can allow him to influence our lives, but we can also steer clear of him through our prayers. We know it from Job ‘s story that God will occasionally drop the hedge around us and allow Satan to have his way with our lives (Job 1 & 2). But blessing always comes in the end when we trust God.
It is our job the bless the Lord from this time forth and forevermore. Once we die we will praise Him in heaven, but on this Earth we need to lift up His name and give Him praise every day of Our Lives. Remember that in heaven are he saints who overcame by the blood of the Lamb and by the words of their testimony (Rev 12:11). This is our duty and our testimony. Praise the Lord