About 1 hour after this Psalm, most public transportation around Philadelphia ground to a halt. The drivers were seeking after silver and gold, not God.
1Not to us, Yahvah, not to us, but to your name, give glory for your mercy and for your truth's sake.
2Therefore the Gentiles have no cause to say, Now where is their god?
3But our god is in the skies; he has done whatever he pleased.
4The idols of the Gentiles are silver and gold, the work of men's hands.
5They have mouths, but they do not speak; they have eyes, but they do not see;
6they have ears, but they do not hear; they have noses, but they do not smell;
7they have hands, but they do not feel; they have feet, but they do not walk; nor do they speak through their throats.
8Let those who make them, become like them; and everyone who trusts in them.
9The house of Israel trusts in Yahvah; he is their help and their shield.
10The house of Aaron trusts in Yahvah; he is their help and their shield.
11You who reverence Yahvah, trust in Yahvah; he is their help and their shield.
12Yahvah has been mindful of us; he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron.
13Yahvah will bless those who worship him, both small and great.
14Yahvah will increase you more and more, you and your sons.
15You are blessed of Yahvah, who made the skies and land.
16The skies, even the skies, are Yahvah's; but he has given the land to the sons of men.
17The dead do not praise Yahvah, nor do any that go down into darkness.
18But we will bless Yahvah from this time forth, and forever. Praise Yahvah.
Verse 4 captures the tone of the strike. The workers idolize silver and gold, the work of their hands. If they are not getting what they think is enough, they call a strike.
Verses 5 and 6 suggest the strikers do not know what is going on. They want pay increases while the economy is collapsing.
Verse 7 even picks up what happened after the strike, they have feet but do not walk.