Journey Through The Scriptures

Psalms of Wisdom and Instruction

Lesson 7: The Lord Alone Is God of Heaven and Earth

(Scripture to Read: Psalm 115:1–18)

The exact situation behind the writing of this psalm is not known with certainty. The author’s strong statements about the total futility of idols and those who worship them may suggest a time when Israel was being confronted with idol worship, a problem the nation struggled with until the Babylonian exile. The psalmist knows that the Lord alone is the Sovereign of heaven and earth, and he longs for God’s great name to be vindicated. God deserves all of the honor and glory because there is no comparison between Him and the gods made by human hands.

Because of this, the psalmist made an impassioned plea for the people of God to hold to their trust in Him (vv. 9–11). There is no hope to be found in putting our trust in idols that cannot see, hear, or speak. But those who trust in the Lord God of Israel have the promise of His blessing – because as the true God He alone has the power to carry out His will! The psalm ends with a call for us to praise God now, while we have the opportunity.

Study Questions

  1. How does the writer contrast God's sovereign power with false idols?
  2. According to verse 8, what is the real danger of trusting in a false idol?
  3. What important lesson can we learn from the promise of blessing to those who fear the Lord (vv. 12–15)?
  4. Why does the psalmist say that the earth has been given to mankind?

Something to Think About

Since the Lord alone is the true God and the Maker of heaven and earth, only He is worthy of our worship and obedience. As we close this brief study of the Psalms, pray that God will help you apply the discoveries you have made to your daily life.