30 times in the Bible we come across the phrase, “living God.” It’s important. Through all cultures and across all time periods in history people have worshipped the works of their own hands. Psalm 135:15-18 sheds some light on this very sad reality. It speaks to idols made of “silver and gold,” who have mouths but speak not, and ears that hear not. This appeal to our senses is a very human thing. For the vast majority, it’s natural to be able to taste, touch, smell, hear, and speak. While life itself certainly does not revolve entirely around the ability of our senses to function, the total cessation of some form of function is death. It is the very essence of what it means to be dead.
The Bible makes an irrefutable case that idols are indeed, dead. There is no life in them. Yet the Scriptures go one step further in vs. 18, “They that make them are like unto them: so is every one that trusteth in them.” This is God’s way of reminding man that dead people fashion dead things. We know that before we came to faith in Christ, we were very much dead. (Eph 2:1) “But God,” the living God, sent His Son to intervene on behalf of the dead. Sent His Son to breathe life back into the fallen state of all who are willing to receive. As much as the living God lifted to life the broken body of His Son after 3 days and 3 nights in the grave, so too can He raise anew the dead souls of men. There can be left no room to doubt: dead men make and worship dead things. Only the living God (who is also the God of the living) can fashion our hearts in the life and likeness of His Son. This life gives us reason to praise! It allows the freedom from sin, sorrow and death necessary to worship. It gives us boldness before the throne. The throne of the only true and living God.