Come, let us sing joyfully to the LORD;
let us acclaim the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us joyfully sing psalms to him.
Come, let us bow down in worship;
let us kneel before the LORD who made us.
For he is our God,
and we are the people he shepherds, the flock he guides.
Oh, that today you would hear his voice:
“Harden not your hearts as at Meribah,
as in the day of Massah in the desert,
Where your fathers tempted me;
they tested me though they had seen my works.”
(Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9)
95:1–2. The invitation “O come” (vv. 1 and 6) might indicate that this was a pilgrimage psalm, although its main theme, the contemplation of God as King, can apply to any situation.
95:3–5. He is King over heavenly powers (“above all gods”: v. 3) and over every part of the earth.
95:6–7. He is King of the people that he created (“our Maker”) and whom he nourishes and guides as a shepherd does his flock (cf. Ps 23:1–2).
95:7d–11. The oracle that appears here is the voice of the Lord speaking to his people at this very moment (“today”: v. 7); he wants their promise to be truly sincere. Every time a person says this psalm, “today” should be taken literally. The passage is a warning to avoid any repetition of the rebellion in the wilderness (cf. Ps 78; Ex 17:1), so that what happened to that generation will not happen to those who praise the Lord (vv. 10–11; cf. Num 14:30, 34).
The Psalm identifies God as sovereign of all and as shepherd of the church, and teaches that true worship is the devotion of life, trust, and obedience to this God and to God alone. When we entrust our lives totally to God, we will be on the path that leads us to true joy and freedom that can only come through doing God’s will and not our own.
May the virtues of faith, hope, and love go with you today – DV.