You Become What You Worship: Introducing Psalm 115A

This past Sunday at my church, we started a new round of Psalms for “Psalm of the Month” in the morning and afternoon services. We sing more than one Psalm in each service, but we focus on one Psalm for the whole month in each service as well. In the afternoon we are singing Psalm 115A from The Book of Psalms for Worship. Here is a meditation on Psalm 115:1-8 (the verses that we sing) that I wrote for my congregation. I encourage you to meditate on the whole Psalm as well.

Introducing Psalm 115A:

In this Psalm, we give our God all the glory for His faithfulness and steadfast love to us. And in response to those who make fun of us for worshipping a God who is invisible, we respond with a sort of holy mocking in return where we point out the fact that although their gods have mouths and eyes and ears, amongst other body parts, they can’t speak, they can’t see, and they can’t hear. In other words, they can’t act to be faithful and loving to them in their time of need. Indeed, in the words of Paul, “we know that ‘an idol has no real existence,’ and that ‘there is no God but one'” (1 Cor. 8:4). But our God has always been and always will be faithful to us. He has proven this to us ultimately in the person and work of Jesus Christ, God the Son, who was manifested to us in the flesh, died for our sins, and was raised the third day.

It’s also interesting to note that in this Psalm God’s Word teaches us that we become like what we worship. Notice the 5th stanza in our Psalter: “Whoever makes these lifeless gods–these idols which are vain–whoever puts his trust in them in time becomes the same.” This is why it is so important that we worship the one true God every week, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We worship because it takes our idolatrous hearts off of our own idols and the idols of the world, false gods who cannot save us or satisfy us, and draws our attention to the one true God as He has revealed Himself to us in His Word. And as we worship God the Father through faith in Christ and by the Holy Spirit, the Bible tells us once again that we become like what we worship: “And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit” (2 Cor. 3:18).

I look forward to worshipping the one true God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, with you this Sunday and becoming more like Christ!

(BTW: Dr. G.K. Beale wrote a book on this theme of becoming what you worship. You can also find introductions to all of the Psalms by Rev. Terry Johnson here.)