O Israel, trust in the LORD... (Psalms 115:9 NKJV)
If we were to summarize Psalm 115 into a single sentence, it could reasonably read like this: "The God which cannot be seen is more real then the gods that can be seen."
Imagine you're an Israelite living in the ancient Middle East. You're surrounded on every side by cultures that have built and bowed down to a man-made idol. Molech, Baal, Ashterah…their names are different but they all represent the same thing…man's desire to invest his trust in what he can measure through his senses.
Not you. You're different because you trust in the unseen and invisible God of Heaven…the God who made man and not the other way around. He calls you to trust in what can't be measured by your senses and to live according to a more profound principle…faith. This Psalm was written to affirm you in this, because it reminds you that the visible idols are actually lifeless fakes, and the God you serve but can't see is living and worthy of your trust.
Nothing has changed. The God we can't see is more real than the idols we often bow down to instead. We typically don't think of ourselves as bowing down to idols.
But keep in mind that anything which replaces God as our primary priority in life is actually an idol. And this happens way more than we're willing to admit. We frequently forsake our faith in the unseen God in favor of things we can touch, taste, and feel because we think they have the power to fulfill us.
But the unseen God is living and real, and therefore He is able to fulfill us more than any idol we can see. We need to invest our trust in what's real by walking in faith with Him.
Unseen and Invisible One, give us eyes of faith so that we may better trust and follow You.
Think about it…
What does this passage reveal to me about God? What does this passage reveal to me about myself? Based on this, what changes do I need to make? What is my prayer for today?