In Psalm 95, David is in the midst of calling the people to worship,
I imagine they had gathered in the Tabernacle to praise God.
David feels the presence of God
David hears the words of God
David calls the people to listen to God... And He speaks!
1 Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;
let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
2 Let us come before him with thanksgiving
and extol him with music and song.
3 For the Lord is the great God,
the great King above all gods.
4 In his hand are the depths of the earth,
and the mountain peaks belong to him.
5 The sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands formed the dry land.
6 Come, let us bow down in worship,
let us kneel before the Lord our Maker;
7 for he is our God
and we are the people of his pasture,
the flock under his care.
Today, if only you would hear his voice,
8 “Do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah,
as you did that day at Massah in the wilderness,
9 where your ancestors tested me;
they tried me, though they had seen what I did.
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.’
11 So I declared on oath in my anger,
‘They shall never enter my rest.’”
Today is Wednesday. The middle of the week. It's been a couple of days since most of us went to church. Or perhaps you missed church last week and it's been 10 days since you went. When was the last time that you worshiped God?
I pray this Psalm calls you to worship God again.
I hope you hear David calling you to make the place where you are, an altar of worship to your God... He is worthy!
It appears to me in the Psalm that when the people gathered to worship, God loved it.
He loved it so much that He warned them not to harden their hearts.
I don't know if the people were struggling spiritually and God was warning them not to fall away from faith. But what I think was really happening is that the people were worshiping God with such fervor that God was warning them to never lose their passion.
He, of course, remembers a time when the people sang praises to God for delivering them out of the hands of Pharaoh with a Promised Land in the future... but the people soon turned their worshiping into grumbling. God became so angry with them that He made an oath (that's how disappointed He was) that that generation of grumblers would not make it into heaven.
Forgive me for the days that I cease to worship you.
Forgive me for when I allow the imperfections of this life to mask your perfection.
Forgive me. Encourage me and change me, help me and inspire me,
that I will magnify you, and rejoice in you, the Rock on which I stand.
Today, we are faced with the reality that we are capable of hardening our hearts toward God.
I pray that we will stay in awe of God even when we feel like we have more reason to grumble than to worship--knowing that when we worship Him, He loves it so much that He warns us to never lose our passion.
1 You, God, are my God,
earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
where there is no water.
2 I have seen you in the sanctuary
and beheld your power and your glory.
3 Because your love is better than life,
my lips will glorify you.
4 I will praise you as long as I live,
and in your name I will lift up my hands.
5 I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;
with singing lips my mouth will praise you.