“Idols Do Not Profit” (Psalm 97: 10, ESV) by Carley Evans


The Lord commands us — those who love Him — to hate evil. The evil we are called to hate by the psalmist is idolatry, the worship of any thing other than God.

“All worshipers of images are put to shame, who make their boast in worthless idols.” (Psalm 97: 7)

“All those who fashion idols are nothing, and the things they delight in do not profit. Their witnesses neither see nor know, that they may be put to shame. Who fashions a god or casts an idol that is profitable for nothing?” (Isaiah 44: 9 – 10) The ironsmith and the carpenter make “figures of men, with the beauty of a man” from iron or wood. The wood “becomes fuel for a man. He takes part of it and warms himself; he kindles a fire and bakes bread. Also he makes a god and worships it; he makes an idol and falls down before it.” (Isaiah 44: 13, 15)

Idolatry is the ultimate wickedness and folly — worshiping something made by man himself.

God “preserves the life of His saints” whereas an idol created by man has no power to preserve, has no power to heal, has no power to love, has no power to save.

The psalmist proclaims, “Fire goes before [God] and burns up His adversaries all around.” (Psalm 97: 3)