18 “What profit is an idol
when its maker has shaped it,
a metal image, a teacher of lies?
For its maker trusts in his own creation
when he makes speechless idols!
19 Woe to him who says to a wooden thing, Awake;
to a silent stone, Arise!
Can this teach? Behold, it is overlaid with gold and silver,
and there is no breath at all in it.
20 But the LORD is in his holy temple;
let all the earth keep silence before him.”
This is the God we serve — not one we have made with our own hands, but one who is holy beyond our imagining. Look at the contrast between v.18-19 and v.20. Trusting in our own creations will take us nowhere — there is no breath in them. Listening to our own noisy words will do nothing for us. How much better to trust a God who is worthy of the silence of all the Earth.