They Have Feet But Do Not Walk

Psalm 115:2-8

Why should the nations say,

“Where is their God?”

Our God is in the heavens;

he does all that he pleases.

Their idols are silver and gold,

the work of human hands.

They have mouths, but do not speak;

eyes, but do not see.

They have ears, but do not hear;

noses, but do not smell.

They have hands, but do not feel;

feet, but do not walk;

and they do not make a sound in their throat.

Those who make them become like them;

so do all who trust in them.


A song of King David that translate as well today as it did yesterday, and as it will tomorrow.

David asks the question, why do we say where is God?  Then he answers it by letting us know God is with us always.  By saying God is in the heavens, he doesn’t mean floating around on some cloud, just kicking back on a throne and watching all we do like surfing cable channels.  David is saying God is everywhere, constantly a part of us.  We see it if we pay attention.

But as it is today, so it was in the times of King David.  People become entranced by worldly things, by worldly desires.  Our hearts are filled with meaningless things and we lose sight of God and so we ask, “Where is God?”

God hasn’t hid from us or gone away, we’ve just lost sight of what is right in front of our face.  We have expectations of God that are of our own doing.  Since we conjured up these expectations, we then expect God to perform as we would.  David says in verse 8:

Those who make them become like them;

so do all who trust in them.

David is talking about the false gods that we create as man.  In his time they were statues of earthly creatures carved from wood and covered with gold.  Man thought of the gods and then decided to give them powers and a set of man made expectations.  Since these gods did nothing there was no consequences except those decided on by man.  That works out pretty great for man.

Today we have our own set of idols and false gods.  They aren’t made of wood and overlaid in gold.  They come in many different forms.

The come in the form of electronic images, and like the idols of ancient times they have all that David is describing in verses 4 through 7.

These images have mouths but they do not speak, they make noises but they speak no truths.  They have eyes but they do not see, you see them but they don’t see you.  And they have ears and nose but they do not hear what you have to say and they do not smell the sweat of your brow.

In verse 7 David tells how these idols have feet but they do not walk.  So do our idols today.  They have feet, cars, trains, planes, even rocket ships, and yet they go nowhere.  And they do not make a sound in their throats.  The carved images of old could not make a sound for they had no throats, no internal workings to bark or scream or grunt or anything.  And so it is with the electronic gods.  We see their mouths move and hear something but the sound it does not emanate from their throats.  The sound we hear is electronically generated.

What David is saying about the idols back then is exactly the same about the idols we worship today.  They have no soul, no spirit, no being.  They are just man made things.

Again I’ll reiterate verse 8:

Those who make them become like them;

so do all who trust in them.

David is telling us that those who make and follow these false gods will become like these false gods.  They will lose their soul.  They will fill their hearts with the worldly images and the idols created by man and lose their relationship with God.

Then they will ask: Where is their God?”

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