Today we consider a sanctuary alive with the living God and people who are as dead as their gods (Psalm 114-115).
This morning we read Psalm 114. And as we do so, we see nothing can stand in the way of the God who has determined to make for himself a people of his own. Even the most immovable of matter, sea and mountain, turn back and leap at his command and so nothing can stand in the way of his having his people. God has set up his home and his home is in and among his people.
“When Israel came out of Egypt … Judah became God’s sanctuary …” (vs. 1-2)
He is with us. Let us remember this when we feel as if God is distant or diminished.
Tonight we read Psalm 115 and are struck with the insensibility of those who claim to be sensible. Some look at the “evidence” and mock asking us where our God is now, all the while oblivious to the dead and nothing gods they have made for themselves and in whom they still vainly place their trust. We, however, have eyes to see the blessings of God to come and remain undeterred in giving him praise.
He is for us. Let us not forget these things whenever we are insulted or injured because we believe.
“… their idols … have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but cannot see. They have ears, but cannot hear, noses, but cannot smell. … hands, but cannot feel, feet, but cannot walk, nor can they utter a sound … Those who make them will be like them …” (vs. 4-8)
“… it is we who extol the Lord, both now and forevermore. Praise the Lord.”