May 1, 2018: God is Still Speaking

May 1, 2018

Rev. Sarah TevisTownes


Bible Study Session #16

This week’s text is Psalm 115, a text celebrating God and warning against the worship of idols. It also asks the question, “Where is God?” As we consider the impact of our words and actions, we often think about concrete and visible results. What long-term impact might we have? Are our actions pointing people to God or to ourselves? What is the role of ego in doing “good deeds” and is ego all bad? Where is God in all of this?  What modern day “idols” influence our choices and contaminate (or benefit?) the impact we make in the world?


Bible Study Scripture:

Psalm 115

Amplified Bible Edited Translation

1 Not to us, O God, not to us,
But to Your name give glory
Because of Your loving kindness,

because of Your truth and faithfulness.

Why should the nations say,
“Where, now, is their God?”

Our God is in heaven;
God does whatever God pleases.

The idols of the nations are silver and gold,
The work of human hands.

They have mouths, but they cannot speak;
They have eyes, but they cannot see;

They have ears, but they cannot hear;
They have noses, but they cannot smell;

They have hands, but they cannot feel;
They have feet, but they cannot walk;
Nor can they make a sound with their throats.

Those who make them will become like them,
Everyone who trusts in them.

 

O Israel, trust and take refuge in God!

God is their help and their shield.

10 O house of Aaron, trust in God;

God is their help and their shield.

11 You who reverently fear God, trust in God;

God is their help and their shield.

12 God has been mindful of us; God will bless,
God will bless the house of Israel;
God will bless the house of Aaron.

13 God will bless those who fear and worship God

with awe-inspired reverence and wonder,
Both the small and the great.

14 May God give you great increase,
You and your children.

15 May you be blessed of God,

Who made heaven and earth.

 

16 The heavens are the heavens of God,

But the earth God has given to the children of humanity.

 

17 The dead do not praise God,

Nor do any who go down into silence;

18 But as for us, we will bless and praise God

From this time forth and forever.
Praise God! Hallelujah!