“For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but the Lord made the heavens.” (Psalm 96:5)
What a great statement to underscore the sovereignty to God: “but the Lord made the heavens.” This is a “bottom-line” statement. The “gods” some people worship are idols, made of: wood, stone, silver, gold. But God made the heavens. Idol worshipers may protest, “But our idols are so beautiful. They represent the beauty of the spirit within them. And they’re powerful.” But God made the heavens. God created the universe. Totally foundational.
Before we rush to judgment, though, let’s understand that we can apply this truth to anything people place their trust in other than God, which is the general definition of idolatry. For example: “We have a free country.” How many of us see our freedoms and our Constitution as permanent and iron-clad? But God made the heavens. “We have a powerful military.” Oh yes, we certainly do; shock and awe stuff. But God made the heavens. “We are a wealthy nation.” Yes, and we should probably remember what Jesus had to say in the parable of the rich farmer who said, “I’ve got it made now.” But God made the heavens.
Almighty God, Creator of the universe, we bow before You and glorify Your name because of Your sovereignty. Help us to turn away from anything that might serve to supplant who You are in our hearts. Amen.