May the LORD increase your number, yours and your descendants. Psalms 115:14 NABRE
Psalm 115 invites us to acknowledge the living God, Creator of heaven and earth, who brought Israel out of Egypt. The psalm begins with the community proclaiming their allegiance to the Lord and their disdain for idols. A choir calls for trust in the Lord and the community comes in again, asking for the Lord’s blessing. After this someone, possibly a priest, calls for the people to be blessed and the community seconds the call acclaiming God and praising Him. The psalm invites us to acknowledge the living God, and put our trust in Him and not in idols of humanity. We struggle with idols, putting something before God, like a job, or money or some hobby. We are constantly reminded throughout the scriptures not to put idols before God but somehow people continue to worship the work of their own hands. This is as real today as it was when the psalm was first written. It is a psalm written primarily to glorify God who manifests Himself in all His works and actions. We are wise to trust in God and not put our trust in ourselves or the work of our hands. Given we follow this advice we can see the LORD increase our number, in other words we will see fruitfulness bestowed on us by the Creator of the Universe, us and our descendants which could have no end.
When times are good we think it is because of our own hands, and the works that we have done. When there is a struggle or suffering in our life we turn to God and seek understanding or help. The quoted psalm encourages us to rely on God for all and we will be blessed down through our descendants. It is wise to take this advice.
Do you have complete trust in God? How often do you turn to God during your day?The quoted psalm encourages us to rely on God for all and we will be blessed down through our descendants. It is wise to take this advice. Click To Tweet
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