Study Guide – Psalm 115:1-8

Psalm115-1-8

Not to us, O Lord, not to us,
    but to your name goes all the glory
    for your unfailing love and faithfulness.
Why let the nations say,
    “Where is their God?”
Our God is in the heavens,
    and he does as he wishes.
Their idols are merely things of silver and gold,
    shaped by human hands.
They have mouths but cannot speak,
    and eyes but cannot see.
They have ears but cannot hear,
    and noses but cannot smell.
They have hands but cannot feel,
    and feet but cannot walk,
    and throats but cannot make a sound.
And those who make idols are just like them,
    as are all who trust in them. NLT

Look at verse 1. In what areas of your life do you give yourself more glory than God?

 

Do you believe this verse is true? Why does God deserve the glory and not us?

 

Read through verses 2-7. Compare the difference between God and the idols of other nations:

 

GOD IDOLS

 

How are the makers of the idols just like the idols?

 

How are those who trust idols in their religious practices just like the idols?

 

For those who place their trust in God, how is faith in the Lord different than this?

 

::::: EQUIPPING CHALLENGE :::::

If God is alive, and if you trust in God, what does that make you? In what areas of your life do you need to give God glory so that you can be made more alive? Take some time to pray about this.

Ken Castor

Ken Castor is a husband, dad, pastor, writer and teacher. He serves as a professor at Crown College, Minnesota, where he equips students to pursue Jesus-Centered Faith and Next Generation Ministry. For 20+ years he's focused on equipping the next generations in places like the U.S., Canada, and Northern Ireland. He's the author of Grow Down (Simply Youth Ministry, 2014), Make a Difference (Broadstreet, 2016), the Blue-Letters Editor of the Jesus-Centered Bible (Group, 2015) and numerous other articles and Bible Study guides. But, whenever possible, he gets down on the floor and builds Lego with his kids. Connect with him @kencastor.

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