This psalm begins with a direct order from the writer to the reader not to seek or accept glory. Only God deserves glory, because of His mercy and truth. He then compares the relative greatness of God versus the gods or idols of the nations. Our God is in heaven, omnipotent, autonomous. Idols are the work of men’s hands, restricted to a location, blind, deaf, mute. They do not see, speak, or feel. God is the help and shield of Israel, Aaron, and those who fear the Lord. He will bless them and give them increase. He finishes with this flourish:
16 The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s;
But the earth He has given to the children of men.
17 The dead do not praise the Lord,
Nor any who go down into silence.
18 But we will bless the Lord
From this time forth and forevermore.
Praise the Lord!
Any reasonable comparison between God and the idols of this earth leads to a realization that God is greater. There is no doubt! He is greater than any man, he is greater than any inanimate object. He is greater than all of His creation, because He is the Creator. The creation cannot be greater than its creator. Therefore, man should, and eventually man must, worship the Lord. Give Him the honor due Him and declare His greatness and wonder to all!