Psalms for Troubled Times – Psalm 95

Our Great God

Following the doubt of Psalm 94, the psalmist once again lifts his voice in praise for the hope that is found in his God. This note of praise grows through subsequent psalms, prophetically looking forward to the day when Christ shall return to take up the throne of His father David.

Let Us Sing

‘O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation’. (v1)

All praise to the Lord really begins at the moment of our salvation, when we come to know the Lord as our Saviour, ‘the rock of our salvation’. 

Truly, here is something worth singing about! Let us take the psalmists exhortation to heart, and fill our days with song, making a joyful (even if not very melodious!) noise, thanking the Lord for saving us. Even the youngest believer can do this. 

But we don’t stop here. Our appreciation of our God and Saviour must grow, and so the psalmist says:

Let Us Come

‘Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.’ (v2,3)

It’s one thing to sing of our salvation, but it’s possible to do that from afar. Rather, we should want to come close, to ‘come before His presence’, and to be occupied with our Saviour and the glory His greatness.

In this psalm, we see He is great by virtue of His eternal deity – ‘the LORD is a great God’ (consider Titus 2:13) – and by virtue of His earthly dignity – ‘a great King above all gods’ (1 Tim 6:15, Rev 19:16).

Foremost in the psalmist’s mind is God’s great work of creation (see v4,5).

For us as New Testament believers, we can add that He is our Great High Priest (Hebs 4:14), and the Great Shepherd of the sheep (Hebs 13:20) – (though as we shall see the psalmist had some appreciation of this latter truth).

Foremost in our mind is God’s great work of redemption. What precious thoughts these are, and as the light of His glorious presence shines into our hearts, there is only one response …

Let Us Worship

‘O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker. For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.’ (v6,7)

At this point, words do not seem sufficient. What can we say, for our God and Saviour is greater than all the words at our disposal. He is the one eternal Word!

All we can do is ‘bow down’ in humble reverence, ‘kneel’ in devoted service, and let the silent sentiments of our heart rise in fragrant worship to the only One worthy of it. (John 12:3)

How precious, that as we bow in worship, we can also rejoice that we are the Lord’s: ‘the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand’, thankful that we ever heard His voice (John 10:27).

The psalm ends with a warning to those who do not know the Lord, not to harden their hearts against Him when they ‘hear His voice’. For if they will not come and worship, they will never be at rest; they will never sing the song of the redeemed.

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