Verse 1 – Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but to Your name give glory, because of Your mercy, and because of Your truth.
Verse 2 – Why should the Gentiles say, “Where now is their God?”
Isaiah 48:11 – For My own sake, for My own sake, I will do it; for how should My name be profaned? And I will not give My glory to another.
When you receive a blessing, be sure and give credit where credit and honor are due. All the things we accomplish in life would not be possible if it were not for the Lord.
Verse 3 – But our God is in heaven, He does whatever He pleases.
Some will be uncomfortable with that verse. Why? Because they don’t know God’s character. He is kind, just, and a loving Father, that only wants the best for us. We can trust in what He does.
Verse 4 – Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands.
Verse 5 – They have mouths, but they do not speak; eyes they have, but they do not see;
Verse 6 – They have ears, but they do not hear; noses they have, but they do not smell;
Verse 7 – They have hands, but they do not handle; feet they have, but they do not walk; nor do they mutter through their throat.
Verse 8 – Those who make them are like them; so is everyone who trusts in them.
When this psalm was written, many people worshiped idols made of wood, stone, or metal. Today there are people who put their money in accumulating “things”, houses, cars, cloths, etc. None of these things will matter when we come to the end of our days.
Verse 9 – O Israel, trust in the Lord; He is their help and their shield.
Verse 10 – O house of Aaron, trust in the Lord; He is their help and their shield.
Verse 11 – You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord; He is their help and their shield.
Verse 12 – 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.
Verse 13 – He will bless those who fear the Lord both small and great.
Verse 14 – May the Lord give you increase more and more, you and your children.
Verse 15 – May you be blessed by the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
Verse 16 – The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lords; but the earth He has given to the children of men.
We as humans, are to be superior over the animals on this planet. We cultivate the land and are to take care of the earth. But as we look around at different countries, we still see primitive behavior, destruction and devastation. Men would rather go to war for land rather than take care of their people. Why, because God is not their God.
Verse 17 – The dead do not praise the Lord, nor anyone who go down in silence.
Verse 18 – But we will bless the Lord from this time forth and forevermore. Praise the Lord.
The Bible says about those who are in Christ – “to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8). And the flip side to this is when a person dies without Christ, they are silent.
The psalmist knew God and belonged to Him, so he wrote, “But we (those who belong to Him) will bless the Lord from this time forth and forevermore.
Why would anyone reject the One who can make them alive, forevermore? The choice is and always has been ours. The Bible says, “Choose life!”