Read: Psalm 95:8-11
The message of this Psalm is significant to the recognition of God’s kinship and that worshiping God should be a joyous experience. When we gather as one in Christ our worship should be filled with singing and shouts of joy and gratitude to the God of our salvation. The scripture gives many instances of worshiping in stillness and silence in the presence of God, however, the scripture also documents instances of worshiping in the presence of God with timbrels and joyful singing filled with shouts of adoration to our God. Peaceful silence and enthusiastic praise are appropriate expressions of worship to our God.
Similar to Psalm 48:1 which declares great is the Lord and greatly to be praised, so too does Psalm 95 encourage us to praise and worship the Lord in the beauty of his holiness as long as he lendeth our breath. We are cautioned that we should not worship with a hardened heart, but when we worship, we should have a softened heart, ready to listen and be receptive to the voice of God. Remember that he is our king, our rock, and our shepherd. There is so much to gain when we are obedient to his words Fear not!!
As we meditate upon this Psalm, let the message resonate within you as you reflect on the greatness of our God and his faithfulness. Take this moment as you meditate on this, take with you the absolute certainty of his promise and his love towards mankind. The author Rick Warren once asked, “What on earth did God make us for?” The response is “to praise and worship him.”
Tell others of the goodness of God through your praise, give him all the glory, and most of all through living a holy life. Will you make your morning prayer each day a time of praise to the God of your salvation?
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