What Are You Building? (Psalm 115)

Those who make them become like them;
    so do all who trust in them. Psalm 115:8

It was finally complete.  Three months of hard work was finished.  It was ready for the unveiling.  During those three months my mother often would ask me, “what are you building?”  I would not tell her because I wanted it to be a surprise.

I can still remember as I brought home the grandfather clock.  I so wanted to give this to my mom.  It was an amazing moment as my mother looked at the clock and then began to praise her favorite son (I inserted this part) for his work.  All these years later I became convicted about that time in my life.

Psalm 115 reminded me of this truth, I was building the clock for the praise I would receive from my mother!

You ask, How did Psalm 115 lead you to this convicting discovery?

This Psalm leads us to see the difference between the One True God verses the gods made by man.

Man made Gods have the following characteristics:

  • The dwell only on the earth.
  • They are the creations of men.
  • They have no life nor can they give life.
  • They exist to entrap men in pride and idolatry.

The One True God is so different:

  • He dwells in heaven and on earth.
  • He is the uncreated creator.
  • He is eternal life and He gives live to men.
  • He exists for His own glory.

Brothers and sisters, What are you and I building?

This day I am convicted to tear down what I am building and I am challenged to follow His pattern of building.  Here are the strong words of Paul on this subject from I Corinthians 3:10-15.

10 According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled[b] master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. 11 For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— 13 each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. 14 If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.

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