1 Not to us, Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness. 2 Why do the nations say, “Where is their God?” 3 Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him. 4 But their idols are silver and gold, made by human hands. 5 They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but cannot see. 6 They have ears, but cannot hear, noses, but cannot smell. 7 They have hands, but cannot feel, feet, but cannot walk, nor can they utter a sound with their throats. 8 Those who make them will be like them, and so will all who trust in them. 9 All you Israelites, trust in the Lord— he is their help and shield. 10 House of Aaron, trust in the Lord— he is their help and shield. 11 You who fear him, trust in the Lord— he is their help and shield. 12 The Lord remembers us and will bless us: He will bless his people Israel, he will bless the house of Aaron, 13 he will bless those who fear the Lord— small and great alike. 14 May the Lord cause you to flourish, both you and your children. 15 May you be blessed by the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. 16 The highest heavens belong to the Lord, but the earth he has given to mankind. 17 It is not the dead who praise the Lord, those who go down to the place of silence; 18 it is we who extol the Lord, both now and forevermore. Praise the Lord.
This psalm leads us into giving God all the glory and praise He solely deserves. Verse 1 says, “Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to Your name goes all the glory,” which positions us in a place of humility before God. Unlike humanity’s idols, this passage reminds us that God is a God who can speak, see and hear, and He calls us to come to Him for help and protection.
Verses 12-15 go on to highlight the abundant blessings God pours out on His people. He does this from a heart of love for us, and because He delights in us. Because of His love and mercy, we can praise His Name both now and forever (vs 18) and bring glory to Him with our lives.
Lord, I thank You that You are close to me. You speak to, see and hear me, and I thank You for desiring to shield and pour out blessings upon me today. Please help me to glorify You and bring You praise in all that I do. May I reflect Your goodness and mercy today. In Jesus’ Name.
Written by Ps. Laura Samperi