This was written June 10 — I don’t know why it didn’t publish that day…
Psalm 115, Isaiah 59, Hebrews 4:11 – 5:10
I was thrilled to read Psalm 115 this morning, since I finally watched Henry V and Non Nobis, Domine was fresh in my mind. What a beautiful hymn! What a beautiful reminder of Who is deserving of all the glory.
1 Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory,
for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!
Psalm 115 goes on to talk about the false gods worshiped by the people —
4 Their idols are silver and gold,
the work of human hands.
5They have mouths, but do not speak;
eyes, but do not see.
6They have ears, but do not hear;
noses, but do not smell.
7They have hands, but do not feel;
feet, but do not walk;
and they do not make a sound in their throat.
8 Those who make them become like them;
so do all who trust in them.
So when I moved on to my reading in Isaiah, I loved the way that it dovetailed with this. Isaiah 59:1-2 says
1Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save,
or his ear dull, that it cannot hear;
2 but your iniquities have made a separation
between you and your God,
and your sins have hidden his face from you
so that he does not hear.
Sometimes we feel no connection with God. We never want to think that the problem is with us. But, maybe, as in Psalm 115, it because we are bowing down to something false — their hands don’t feel, their ear doesn’t hear. Or maybe, as in Isaiah 59, we’re thinking God is the one whose arm is too short or his ear too dull, when the truth is that our own sin has made a separation between us and God.
We tend to think so highly of ourselves, when the really it’s not us. It never is.
Finally, as I read in Hebrews, we see that Christ doesn’t exalt himself. Hebrews 5:7-8 says,
7In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence. 8Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered.
Sometimes, when we feel that separation from God, we can know that He hears us, but He desires our obedience through our suffering.
God’s arm is not shortened. He hears. We serve an amazing God. Non nobis, Domine.