“Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!” (v1). The psalmist suggests that the making and worshipping of idols (v4-8) is a human attempt to give ourselves glory. Idols are “the work of human hands” (v4), even modern idols like celebrity, physical beauty, security, and prosperity, and therefore they reflect our own desire for power. But God is the only one who is truly free, who “does whatever He pleases” (v3).
“You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord.” Our trust isn’t in ourselves or the false, dead idols of our world, but in the Creator, our “help and our shield” (v11).