Reading through the Psalms that call us into worship (those in the 90’s) is always so rich as they point us to things for which God deserves to be praised. Buried in the midst of Psalm 96 is this contrast about idols that is striking in it’s bluntness. It speaks of idols. While idols were often depicted by statues in ancient times, we can’t limit idols to statues. They are anything that we might worship. Today people worship money, prestige, power. We worship technology which is often represented by a phone or iPod or some other device that we go berserk over when threatened. We worship the gods or our culture via it’s values of tolerance and individual expression, which might be represented in the TV shows or music that we grow attached to. Again, that if threatened we lose our cool. We credit them with good things instead of realizing that only God can be God. But the reality is that these are idols and as such, our attachments to them is harmful and not helpful.
For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols,
but the Lord made the heavens. (Ps 96:5)
McCheyne’s Bible Reading Plan: Dt 11, Ps 95-96, Is 39, Rev 9