“Come let us shout joyfully to the LORD, Shout triumphantly to the rock of our salvation! Let us enter his presence with thanksgiving; let us shout triumphantly to Him in song.”
(Psalm 95:1-2 CSB)
These opening verses from Psalm 95 often find their way into the “Worship Set” of many churches, and for good reason! The whole Psalm is a call to worship for the people of God, reminding us that God is our provider, our savior, our creator. A few verses have even been used as the text for worship songs throughout the recent history of song writing.
“Come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. For His is our God and we are the people of His pasture, the sheep under His care.” (Psalm 95:6-7)
Our right and proper response to God is that we worship Him. It frequently amazes me that people who claim to follow God often seem to resist taking the time in their days to acknowledge that God is worthy of worship, much less actually worship Him.
I shouldn’t be surprised, though. Especially if I read the whole Psalm.
Beginning in verse 8, the Psalmist warns the people of God against ignoring His worship. The psalmist references a story we can find back in Exodus 17 where, yet again, the wandering Israelites were grumbling and expressing a lack of faith in God. In response, God provided water from a stone!
There are often times where we find our honest worship inhibited by our lack of faith, particularly in the area of provision. God is calling us through this Psalm to not be like the Israelites. We need to worship Him, remembering that He is the God who is King over all, the creator and perfecter of our faith, our Savior and provider. That doesn’t mean there are times we won’t wonder where His provision will come from, but we need to trust that His word is true when He says that He is Jehovah Jireh, “The LORD will provide!”
For His Glory,
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Zach Kellner is the Associate Pastor of Worship at FEFC