Psalm 95:1-7

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Psalm 95:1-7

Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land. Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.

 

Here’s another scripture on singing together to the Lord. The psalmist writes, “Let us sing.” That means in community with God’s people. “Come before him with thanksgiving.” Do you come to worship with an attitude of thanksgiving? Are you ready to give God thanks for your week just completed, or thanks for how God is working in your life? Or do you come to worship grumpy and fatigued, there by obligation rather than a desire to give God praise? I think any one of us has weeks when we worship by habit, but this psalm reminds me to worship with joy. Come into worship, conscious that God is here with us and being grateful for God’s presence.

Music has the power to lift us from hard places where we were, to recapture the joy of the Lord. The psalm speaks about shouting aloud, in fact. That’s enthusiasm! “Come before the Lord with thanksgiving; extol him with music and song.”

If music is the how, God is the why. The psalmist goes on to assert that the Lord is the great God. That’s why we praise God – for God’s greatness, God’s goodness, God who is King over all. God has made the depths of the earth and the mountain peaks, the sea and the dry land. What is on your list for the why to praise God? God teaches me wisdom, and yet forgives me when I do doofus things. God gives me a reference for learning good ethics, and helps me refrain from straying from these precepts. God has given me gifts beyond my deserving or imagining. I don’t deserve my husband and how good he is to me. I am so blessed with my family and children and extended family.

Can we give praise to God that we belong to him? We are God’s people, the sheep of his pasture and the flock in his care. You and I take great care of those who live in our homes, both human and animal. They are special to us and we want the best for them. The same is true for God. As we live in God’s pasture, so God takes as good care for us as we would for our pets and cherished family members.

Thank you, God!

 

Prayer

Gracious God, let us lift our hands in praise as you have extended your hands in love to us. By your hand you created this beautiful world; by your hand we are cared for and blessed. Thank you, Lord, for all you do. May I be truly grateful and extend that grateful attitude to others throughout my day. For this I ask in Christ’s name, as I worship you. Amen.

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