Tehillim / Psalms 96, ספר תהילים צו, Part 1, Does the Existence of Idol gods suggest they are real?

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In this week’s study from Tehillim / Psalms 96:1-13, the Psalm opens saying, א   שִׁירוּ לַיהֹוָה שִׁיר חָדָשׁ שִׁירוּ לַיהֹוָה כָּל-הָאָרֶץ: ב   שִׁירוּ לַיהֹוָה בָּרֲכוּ שְׁמוֹ בַּשְּׂרוּ מִיּוֹם-לְיוֹם יְשׁוּעָתוֹ:  96:1 Sing to the Lord a new song; Sing to the Lord, all the earth. 96:2 Sing to the Lord, bless His name; Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day. (NASB)  The opening verse speaks of our being given the ability for creativity, to create music to bring glory to the Lord God of Israel.  The psalmist continues saying, ג   סַפְּרוּ בַגּוֹיִם כְּבוֹדוֹ בְּכָל-הָעַמִּים נִפְלְאוֹתָיו: ד   כִּי גָדוֹל יְהֹוָה וּמְהֻלָּל מְאֹד נוֹרָא הוּא עַל-כָּל-אֱלֹהִים:   96:3 Tell of His glory among the nations, His wonderful deeds among all the peoples. 96:4 For great is the Lord and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods. (NASB)  Does this suggest that there are other gods in this world that exist?  The psalm answers this question saying the following, ה   כִּי | כָּל-אֱלֹהֵי הָעַמִּים אֱלִילִים וַיהֹוָה שָׁמַיִם עָשָֹה:  96:5 For all the gods of the peoples are idols, But the Lord made the heavens. (NASB)  The gods are a reference to idols and the creation of men. Read more here: Tehillim 96-Part1

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