Not to us… (Psalm 115)
The big idea in this Psalm is comparing the futility of worshipping any other so-called gods with worship, trust and reverence of Almighty God. It’s a reminder to God’s people that no other so-called ‘god’ is God, but merely something (an idol) made by human hands, dead and lifeless and therefore not worthy of any praise or fear or trust. Finally it’s an exhortation to trust Yahweh and to worship Yahweh exclusively.
However, in light of our church’s Launch Sunday this coming Sunday it is verse 1 that has my attention;
“Not to us, O LORD, not to us but to Your name be the glory, because of Your love and faithfulness.” (Psalm 115:1 in NIV)
May God and God only get all the praise, glory and honour on our Launch Sunday. This day, this celebration is not about us, not about any person or even any church, or thing that’s been constructed. This Sunday is about God, about His glory and His majesty and about praising and thanking Him!
Because God alone is worthy of praise and honour, God alone has provided, has loved us and has been utterly faithful and true to all His promises. God alone, not us, has sustained us and brought us into this place.
LORD, may You be magnified in Your glory, may You be praised, worshipped, thanked and adored, and may people revere You and place all their trust in You and You alone. Amen.