â€œFor great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised: he also is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the people are idols: but the LORD made the heavens.â€ (1 Chronicles 16:25-26)
This testimony is in the heart of a great hymn of thanksgiving (1 Chronicles 16:7-36) composed by David when the Ark of the Lord was brought back to Jerusalem. It is a testimony of the unique greatness of the God of Israel, with recurring expressions of gratitude for His deliverances and blessings.
This God of Israel was no mere tribal-god or nature-god, such as Dagon, the fish-god of the Philistines from whose hands the Ark had been delivered. All such â€œgodsâ€ of the peoples of the earthâ€”whether wooden images in a shrine, astrological emblems in the heavens, or mental constructs of evolutionary humanistic philosophersâ€”are nothing but idols (that is, literally, â€œgood for nothing,â€ â€œvanitiesâ€).
It is Jehovah God who is not only in the heavens but who made the heavens! It is their Creator who one day will â€œlet the sea roarâ€ and â€œthe fields rejoice,â€ when â€œthe trees of the wood sing out at the presence of the LORD, because he cometh to judge the earthâ€ (vv. 32-33).
As Creator and Savior, all His people are exhorted also to â€œshew forth from day to day his salvation. Declare his glory among the heathen; his marvellous works among all nationsâ€ (vv. 23-24). Because of His power, the world itself â€œshall be stable [that is, â€˜permanently establishedâ€™], that it be not movedâ€ (v. 30). This â€œGod of our salvationâ€ (v. 35), and the wonderful heavens and earth He created, will be forever. The psalm ends with the exhortation: â€œO give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever. . . . Blessed be the LORD God of Israel for ever and everâ€ (vv. 34-36).
Now, if Israel needed such an exhortation, our modern science-worshiping world needs it still more urgently. HMM