Archive for September 21st, 2012

Psalm 95

Psalm 95 is really all about praising God.  Isn’t it interesting how much scripture points to our need to spend time giving God the praise, adoration and focus that He deserves, yet how little we actually live that way in our world today?  There is a major disconnect between what God desires and deserves, and what we deliver.  The psalmist gives us the reason we need to be praising God.  “For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all Gods”.  He is great.  He is worthy.  We need to praise Him.

So what does that look like?  Here are some ideas for ways we can give God his due:

–       “let us sing to the Lord

–       let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation

–       Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving

–       let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise

–       let us worship and bow down

–       let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker

This isn’t rocket science.  We just need to focus.  We just need to put God where He belongs – at the center of our worship.  We need to quit worrying about how we sound or exactly how we do it – and just do it as Nike says.  God is worthy of our praise.

The writer goes on to explain in detail some of the glory of God and the power of His hands:

–       “In his hand are the depths of the earth

–       the heights of the mountains are his also

–       The sea is his, for he made it

–       his hands formed the dry land

We are not dealing with a God here who doesn’t have a history of being great and awesome.  He is Creator of all.  He is the Power of the universe. He is God.  We need to get that through our thick skulls.  The world does not revolve around us.  It is all His.

So what does it all boil down to?  “For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand”.  In a word – it is relationship.  That is what God desired.  That is why He created us in the first place – to be in relationship with Him.  That means we make time and take time to spend with Him.  That means we recognize His hand in everything we do.  That means we work hard so we don’t make the same mistakes that the Israelites did – forgetting that God was who He said He was and spending 40 years wandering the wilderness as a result.  “They are a people who go astray in their heart, and they have not known my ways….they shall not enter my rest”.  God does take this seriously.  We need to as well!

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