Erik Razc taught a great study on Psalms 95 last Sunday! Here are some of the basic ideas:
Psalms 95 was written in response to God’s great faithfulness in bringing His people out of captivity and into a position to rebuild and dedicate the 2nd Temple. We get from this “song” that worship is what we should do as a community in response to God. The Psalm portrays God as our King and vs 3-7 let us know why we should worship this King of Kings.
In vs 7 we are reminded that we are sheep (think: simple, dumb, and dependant), but we are HIS sheep. He cares, nurtures, & leads us in His pasture. So why do we harden our hearts to the Living God (vs 8-9)? Don’t make the same mistake that the Israelites made (vs10-11). Enter into the rest of Jesus! (see Hebrews 4).
Ps 95:1 Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
Ps 95:2 Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.
Ps 95:3 For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods.
Ps 95:4 In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him.
Ps 95:5 The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.
Ps 95:6 Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker;
Ps 95:7 for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.
Today, if you hear his voice,
Ps 95:8 do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah, as you did that day at Massah in the desert,
Ps 95:9 where your fathers tested and tried me, though they had seen what I did.
Ps 95:10 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.”
Ps 95:11 So I declared on oath in my anger, “They shall never enter my rest.”