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Psalm 115

The Impotence of Idols and the Greatness of God


Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory,

for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness.


Why should the nations say,

“Where is their God?”



Our God is in the heavens;

he does whatever he pleases.


Their idols are silver and gold,

the work of human hands.


They have mouths, but do not speak;

eyes, but do not see.


They have ears, but do not hear;

noses, but do not smell.


They have hands, but do not feel;

feet, but do not walk;

they make no sound in their throats.


Those who make them are like them;

so are all who trust in them.



O Israel, trust in the Lord!

He is their help and their shield.


O house of Aaron, trust in the Lord!

He is their help and their shield.


You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord!

He is their help and their shield.



The Lord has 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 those who fear the Lord,

both small and great.



May the Lord give you increase,

both you and your children.


May you be blessed by the Lord,

who made heaven and earth.



The heavens are the Lord’s heavens,

but the earth he has given to human beings.


The dead do not praise the Lord,

nor do any that go down into silence.


But we will bless the Lord

from this time on and forevermore.

Praise the Lord!

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Ps 115:1-18. The Psalmist prays that God would vindicate His glory, which is contrasted with the vanity of idols, while the folly of their worshippers is contrasted with the trust of God's people, who are encouraged to its exercise and to unite in the praise which it occasions.

1-3. The vindication of God's mercy and faithfulness (Ps 25:10; 36:6) is the "glory" of His "name," which is desired to be illustrated in the deliverance of His people, as the implied mode of its manifestation. In view of the taunts of the heathen, faith in His dominion as enthroned in the heaven (Ps 2:4; 11:4) is avowed.

2. Where is now, &c.—"now" is "not a particle of time, but of entreaty," as in our forms of speech, "Come now," "See now," &c.

4-7. (Compare Isa 40:18-20; 44:9-20).

7. speak … throat—literally, "mutter," not even utter articulate sounds.

8. every one that trusteth—they who trust, whether makers or not.

9-13. The repetitions imply earnestness.

14. Opposed to the decrease pending and during the captivity.

15-17. They were not only God's peculiar people, but as living inhabitants of earth, assigned the work of His praise as monuments of divine power, wisdom, and goodness.

18. Hence let us fulfil the purpose of our creation, and evermore show forth His praise.