Psa 95: A Call to worship & a call to obey
Preliminary Comments: This short untitled psalm
comes in two parts. In the first, the psalmist calls the
people of God to worship. In the second the Lord calls
the people of God to obedience.]
1: v.1-7 A Call to Worship
A call to joyful singing, thanking & extolling the Lord for
let us sing for joy to the Lord;
let us shout aloud to the Rock of our
us come before him with thanksgiving
and extol him with music and song.
the great God,
the great King above all gods.
The Lord is worthy because He is the Creator of all things
his hand are the depths of the earth,
and the mountain peaks belong to him.
sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands formed the dry land.
A call to the people of God to worship the Lord, their Shepherd
let us bow down in worship,
let us kneel before the Lord our Maker;
he is our God
and we are the people of his pasture,
the flock under his care.
2: v.8-11: A Call to Obedience
Prophecy from the Lord warning not to be like their ancestors
if only you would hear his voice,
not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah, [see
Ex 17:1-7] as you did that
day at Massah in the wilderness,
your ancestors tested me;
they tried me, though they had seen what
They had incurred His wrath and failed to enter their inheritance
forty years I was angry with that generation;
I said, “They are a people whose hearts
and they have not known my ways.”
I declared on oath in my anger,
“They shall never enter my rest.”'
Comments: For further meditation, consider the descriptions
of the Lord in Part 1 and what He has done. Then in Part 2 note
the warning which the writer to the Hebrews picks up in his writing
– see Heb 3:7-11]
to Psa 96