Psalm 95

Psalm 95 is the first in a series of psalms that focus on the theme of worship and praising our God.  This psalm is an invitation to worship and helps us get focused on what it means to turn our attention and affection toward God.  “Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation”!   We’re invited to sing and make a joyful noise.  I am surprised at how few people today seem to understand the importance of praising God.  Often in worship I see many – and let’s be honest it is mainly men – who stand and do not open their mouth with any praise.

God covered those of us who don’t think we can sing.  All of us can make a joyful noise.  “Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise”!  I don’t really read this as an optional activity.  God wants us to worship Him.  We are to spend time with Him and rejoice in His blessing and goodness to us.  That means opening our mouths and letting out praise and worship.  Thanking Him for all He has done, in His presence, with songs of praise.

Why is it important?  Why does God deserve it?  The psalmist makes it clear.  “For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods”.  God is great and greatly to be praised.  He is the Alpha and Omega, the First and Last, the Beginning and the End.  God is to be worshipped corporately.  We don’t do this on our own.  We do it together.  We are to come to Him.  “Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker”!  We are to do in humbly and with awe.

We are His people.  “For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand”.  He created us and shepherds us as His own.  He isn’t just the Creator and God of the universe.  He is our God.  It is personal and we should have an intimate relationship with Him that includes the practice of praise and worship.  God is worthy of our praise.  He should be the center of our adoration.  He is our protector and strength.  We have much to be grateful for and to offer in our praise!

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