1 Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but to Your name give glory, because of Your mercy, because of Your truth.
2 Why should the Gentiles say, “So where is their God?”
3 But our God is in heaven; He does whatever He pleases.
4 Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands.
5 They have mouths, but they do not speak; eyes they have, but they do not see;
6 They have ears, but they do not hear; noses they have, but they do not smell;
7 They have hands, but they do not handle; feet they have, but they do not walk; nor do they mutter through their throat.
8 Those who make them are like them; so is everyone who trusts in them.
9 O Israel, trust in the LORD; He is their help and their shield.
10 O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD; He is their help and their shield.
11 You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD; He is their help and their shield.
12 The LORD has been mindful of us; He will bless us; He will bless the house of Israel; He will bless the house of Aaron.
13 He will bless those who fear the LORD, both small and great.
14 May the LORD give you increase more and more, you and your children.
15 May you be blessed by the LORD, Who made heaven and earth.
16 The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’s; but the earth He has given to the children of men.
17 The dead do not praise the LORD, nor any who go down into silence.
18 But we will bless the LORD from this time forth and forevermore. Praise the LORD!
When you rely on and obey God, you are guaranteed victory. When you rely on yourself and the things you have made, not only are you guaranteed to lose, but you don’t even know what the game is. You’re like the guy playing pinochle who is wondering whether to raise or fold.