Psalm 115: Praying Through The Psalms

“Not to us, Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness. Why do the nations say, “Where is their God?” Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him (Ps. 115:1-3).”

Heavenly Father, you are the Alpha and Omega. The beginning and End. You are the Creator and we are the created. You are the necessary being. We are creaturely contingent beings. Therefore, let us not boast in our achievements. Let us not boast in what we have done. For all the glory, power and praise belongs to you.

Your the all-loving, benevolent God of the universe. Your faithfulness lasts from generation to generation.

You dwell in heavenly places, but you also dwell within our hearts. You are near to us. You are in control of this world. No one is sovereign over you. For you are in control of everything!

“But their idols are silver and gold, made by human hands. They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but cannot see. They have ears, but cannot hear, noses, but cannot smell. They have hands, but cannot feel, feet, but cannot walk, nor can they utter a sound with their throats. Those who make them will be like them, and so will all who trust in them (Ps. 115:4-8).”

Sovereign Lord, the heavens declare your glory. For since the beginning of creation, your invisible attributes are clearly seen in nature. Despite this, rebellious humanity started to worship and serve the creation rather than the creator. They started to build idols of silver and gold made in their own image, rather than in the image of God.

These false gods have ears, but cannot hear. They have noses, but can’t smell. In other words, these idols are not truly alive. Their senses are worthless. They aren’t even able to speak. That’s because they aren’t real, but a figment of man’s imagination.

As you said, those who make them will be like them and trust in vain idols. When real help is needed, they will cry out, but their answers will not be heard. Oh God, please awaken the world and reveal your greatness so that sinners can repent and trust in your righteousness.

“All you Israelites, trust in the Lord–he is their help and shield. House of Aaron, trust in the Lord–he is their help and shield. You who fear him, trust in the Lord–he is their help and shield. (Ps. 115:9-11).”

Great king, we are your people. Help us to remember daily to abide in you. May we meditate and delight in the Law of the Lord day and night. Let us trust in you with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength. Cause us to reject leaning on our own wisdom and understanding, but delight in you. Consequently, you will direct our paths and keep us on the narrow road that leads to life.

You are our help and shield. We trust in you. God, your word tells us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. This fear we are talking about is reverent, holiness, and awesomeness. Your presence is full of love, and we know perfect love casts out unhealthy fear.

You are our shield and help during trials and tribulations. When the enemies arise against us, may we learn to love them and be peacemakers towards them. Please Lord, give us strength to do this during tumultuous times.

“The Lord remembers us and will bless us: He will bless his people Israel, he will bless the house of Aaron, he will bless those who fear the Lord–small and great alike. May the Lord cause you to flourish, both you and your children. May you be blessed by the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth (Ps. 115:9-15).”

O God, during the Sermon on the Mount, you promised blessings to those who serve you. You said, blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall inherit the kingdom of God. You said, blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

You declared to the world, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” We know that you keep your promises and will bless your people, Israel, the house of Aaron, and all those who fear your name–small and great alike.

Lord Almighty, when we put our hope in you, our lives will flourish. You told us that all things work together for good to those who are called according to your purposes. You promised that when temptations come, you will provide a way of escape in our darkest hours.

You told Abraham that through his seed, multiple generations will be blessed because of the covenant you made to your people. We believe these truths and declare it in Jesus name. Thank you, our Maker of heaven and earth.

“The highest heavens belong to the Lord, but the earth has given to mankind. It is not the dead who praise the Lord, those who go down to the place of silence; it is we who extol the Lord, both now and forevermore. Praise the Lord (Ps. 115:16-18).”

Finally Lord, you promised victory over death. You sent your Son Jesus to die on the cross for our sins. And on the third day, He rose again and was victorious over the grave. Jesus told us that He is the way, the truth, and the life, and no man come to the Father except By Him. Since you revealed your awesome splendor in Jesus, we know you will raise us to life again.

We praise you and extol you Lord. Help build confidence in our spirit not to fear the grave but to trust in you to ransom us from Sheol.

God, you are the giver of Life. You breathed into us the breath of life, and man became a living soul. Breathe in us O God. Revive our spirits again.

May we truly know what it’s like to live for you and your kingdom. May we be an abundant blessing to those around us. O Sovereign King, thank you for hearing our prayers. In Jesus mighty name. Amen!

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