Sunday, 6 December 2020
Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. -Psalm 95:1
Psalm 95 begins with a call to worship the God of all the earth. This Psalm helps the believer to focus his/her thinking and practice concerning the vital matter of worship to the Lord.
When we come to worship the Lord,
We should come with thanksgiving. The psalm exhorts us to come with a joyful heart to praise God. Praise is expressed through singing with joy, the joy which comes from our heart of knowing the Lord. Verses 3-7 provides enough reasons why we need to praise Him: He is worthy of our praises; He is the great God; He created the whole universe; He is in control of the depths and the heights of the earth and of the sea and the land.
We should come with reverence. The LORD our God is our Maker- He created us! He cares for us like a shepherd cares for his sheep as we are the sheep of His pasture. He is our Savior- He brought us salvation. Although we were the sheep of his pasture, we went astray. But since He loved us, He came in search of us, bought us from the enemy’s hand by sacrificing His life. How can we ever keep quiet before this great God who loved us to such an extent that He laid down His life to win us back to Him?
Acknowledge Him by a submissive and obedient heart. The LORD is King over His people which calls for a submissive heart before Him. Worship comes from a reverent and submissive heart. If praise reflects our joy, worship reflects our reverence and submission. So joy and reverence must go together when we worship. Many adopt a posture of bowing down and kneeling to help realize our reverence to God and our submission before Him.
We need to heed to His voice. The Psalmist warns the worshippers to heed God’s voice by not rejecting His commands. It exhorts us to live a life worthy of Him who called us. If we call Him “Master,” we have to have a willing heart to do what He says. We should not harden our heart and be like the Israelites who tested God in the wilderness. They went astray in their hearts and did not know His ways. Those who disobeyed Him couldn’t enter the Promised Land. If we let our hearts turn away from Him and stray away from His ways, we too will miss entering the Kingdom of God.
If you understand that Christ is your Maker, listen to His voice today! If you haven’t acknowledged Christ Jesus as your Lord and Saviour—come to Him today. Remember what it says: “Today when you hear his voice, don’t harden your hearts as Israel did when they rebelled.” (Hebrews 3:15 NLT) Submit yourself to Christ who created you! He will guide you as a shepherd guides his sheep till the end.
Prayer: Almighty God our heavenly Father we offer our worship to You today, acknowledging You are our Creator. Help us to obey You out of love and build a more intimate relationship with You. In Jesus Name Amen.
Listen: ‘Come let us worship and bow down’