Psalm 115 reveals the folly of idolatry. We tend to pass over these chapters, because we do not live in a third world country and there are no obvious idols in our society. But there are invisible idols everywhere that men give their love and their hearts to. Whatever we give our hearts to, measured by whatever we give our time and attention to, whatever we devote ourselves to in the first place of our lives – that is our idol.
Common idols for men are money, possessions, power, and status among peers. Common idols for women are children, family, the perfect house, or even fashion and beauty. But it can be anything! Whatever has the first place in our hearts, if it is not the LORD our God, is our idol! It is just as futile and useless to give our hearts to money or status or children or houses as it is to bow down to a silver statue and expect it to do something for us!
Now most of us would say right away – this Scripture is for the instruction of others, because I certainly don’t have any idols in my life! Are we so sure about that? Every time I have honestly sought the LORD about this issue of idolatry, He has always revealed something that had crept up in my heart, no matter how subtle it was, that was trying to overtake the first place that the LORD was to have in my heart. He sees our hearts perfectly — we ought to ask Him if we have honored any idols in our hearts, in true humility, and see what His gentle searchlight reveals!