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FRAMEWORKS: 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.]

 

 

PART 1: v.1-7 A Call to Worship

 

v.1 A call to joyful singing, thanking & extolling the Lord for His greatness

v.1  Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;
     let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
v.2  Let us come before him with thanksgiving
     and extol him with music and song.

v.3  For the Lord is the great God,
     the great King above all gods.

  
v.4,5 The Lord is worthy because He is the Creator of all things

v.4  In his hand are the depths of the earth,
     and the mountain peaks belong to him.
v.5  The sea is his, for he made it,
     and his hands formed the dry land.

   

v.6,7 A call to the people of God to worship the Lord, their Shepherd

v.6  Come, let us bow down in worship,
     let us kneel before the Lord our Maker;
v.7  for he is our God
     and we are the people of his pasture,
     the flock under his care.

   

PART 2: v.8-11: A Call to Obedience

   

v.8,9 Prophecy from the Lord warning not to be like their ancestors

Today, if only you would hear his voice,
v.8  ‘Do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah, [see Ex 17:1-7] as you did that day at Massah in the wilderness,
v.9  where your ancestors tested me;
     they tried me, though they had seen what I did.

   
v.10,11 They had incurred His wrath and failed to enter their inheritance

v.10  For forty years I was angry with that generation;
     I said, “They are a people whose hearts go astray,
     and they have not known my ways.”
v.11  So I declared on oath in my anger,
     “They shall never enter my rest.”'

 

 

[Additional 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]

     

   

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