The writer of Psalm 95 exhorts us to make a joyful noise to the Lord. When we see how great God is, it should be our natural reaction to praise Him. That is what Psalm 95 suggests we do.
Today we look at why we should praise the Lord.
For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice,8 Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness:9 When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work.10 Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways:11 Unto whom I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest.
We praise the Lord because He is our God. He is our shepherd and we are His sheep. Yesterday we saw that God was great, powerful, and maker of all things.
The challenge then, as today, are we willing to acknowledge that God is God? We learn that Israel rejected the Lord for forty years. Those people were not allowed to go into the promised land. UNBELIEF! The curse of many.
We choose whether to believe God or not to believe God. We have been given God’s word, the Bible, to answer all our questions about who God is, what He has done, what sin is, how it affects us, the solution to sin, who is Israel, and the future.
Salvation is having our sin debt paid by the blood of the perfect sacrifice, Jesus Christ.
According to verse eleven, their unbelief kept them from God’s rest.
Please consider whether you are a believer or unbeliever. Then weigh the consequences.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001