December 09, 2002 Copyright © by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
- 1 Not to us, LORD, not to us but to your name give glory because of your faithfulness and love.
- 2 Why should the nations say, "Where is their God?"
- Our God is in heaven; whatever God wills is done.
- 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 no sound rises from their throats.
- Their makers shall be like them, all who trust in them.
- 3 The house of Israel trusts in the LORD, who is their help and shield.
- The house of Aaron trusts in the LORD, who is their help and shield.
- Those who fear the LORD trust in the LORD, who is their help and shield.
- The LORD remembers us and will bless us, will bless the house of Israel, will bless the house of Aaron,
- Will bless those who fear the LORD, small and great alike.
- May the LORD increase your number, you and your descendants.
- May you be blessed by the LORD, who made heaven and earth.
- 4 The heavens belong to the LORD, but the earth is given to us.
- 5 The dead do not praise the LORD, all those gone down into silence.
- It is we who bless the LORD, both now and forever. Hallelujah!
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1 [Psalm 115] A response to the enemy taunt, "Where is your God?" This hymn to the glory of Israel's God (Psalm 115:1-3) ridicules the lifeless idols of the nations (Psalm 115:4-8), expresses in a litany the trust of the various classes of the people in God (Psalm 115:9-11), invokes God's blessing on them as they invoke the divine name (Psalm 115:12-15), and concludes as it began with praise of God. Psalm 135:15-18 similarly mocks the Gentile gods and has a similar litany and hymn (Psalm 135:19-21).
2  Where is their God?: implies that God cannot help them.
3 [9-11] The house of Israel . . . the house of Aaron . . . those fear the LORD: the laity of Israelite birth, the priests, and the converts to Judaism. Cf Psalm 118:2-4; 135:19-21. In the New Testament likewise "those who fear the Lord" means converts to Judaism (cf Acts 10:2, 22, 35; 13:16, 26).
4  The heavens: literally "the heaven of heavens" or "the highest heavens," i.e., above the firmament. See note on Psalm 148:4.
5  See note on Psalm 6:5.
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