3 Our God is in the heavens;
he does all that he pleases.
4 Their idols are silver and gold,
the work of human hands.
5 They have mouths, but do not speak;
eyes, but do not see.
6 They have ears, but do not hear;
noses, but do not smell.
7 They have hands, but do not feel;
feet, but do not walk;
and they do not make a sound in their throat.
Psalm 115:3-7 ESV
Grouch Marx famously said that he would not want to belong to any club that would have someone like him as a member. How foolish of us to imagine belonging to any god that we have created for ourselves.
R.V.G. Tasker comments on Psalm 115:3-7… “The pagan’s pride in what he can see, and his contempt for what he cannot (which are modern attitudes as well as ancient), are flung back at him. A God too great to tie down to any image or even to earth itself, who is not the prisoner of circumstances but their master, is a God to glory in.
“And he is our God, not in the petty sense in which the heathen have their idols – all their own work! – but in the personal bond of ‘steadfast love and … faithfulness’ (see 115:1).
“The caustic catalogue of 4-7, like the work-study on god-making in Isaiah 44:12ff., or on god-transport in Isaiah 46, needs no sermonizing to make its point: the facts are enough. It is one of the places where scripture, like the child in the story of the Emperor’s New Clothes, takes a cool stare at what the world does not care to admit.”
From R.V.G. Tasker in his Tyndale O. T. Commentary on Psalms