Becoming Like God by Worshipping and Trusting in Him
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.
Those who make them become like them
Quite a few years ago a friend of mine asked me to come and help him with his Sunday School class. I reluctantly agreed and showed up Sunday morning with my assignment: take a passage of scripture and illustrate it on the white board for the kids. I choose Psalm 115.
As I read verses 4 through 7 I doodled the silliest little man I could come up with. Starting with the squiggly mouth, then the googly eyes, gigantic ears and so on. By the end of verse 7 I had the kids giggling at the goofy picture.
Then the clincher.
Verse 8, “Those who make them become like them.”
The class erupted and laughter. And so did I. I actually didn’t plan it that way. My intention was to talk about the absurdity of creating idols in life out of material possessions. It wasn’t until the words “become like them” came out of my mouth that I (the teacher) realized what this passage was teaching.
“Wouldn’t you rather become like God?” I asked the class.
Think about who God is. God is perfect. God is love. God is holy. God is gracious. He is merciful, kind, patient, strong, reliable, faithful, just….
If those who worship and trust in these absurd (despicable, really) idols so easily become as useless as they are, how much more so do those who worship and trust in the True and Living God become like Him.
- Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:17-18)
- For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. (Romans 8:29)
- But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself. (Philippians 3:20-21)
- Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure. (1 John 3:2-3)
So, as the Psalmist naturally progresses, “O Israel, trust in the LORD! He is their help and their shield. O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD! He is their help and their shield. You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD! He is their help and their shield” (Psalms 115:9-11).