Our psalm this week is Psalm 95. Psalm 95 is thought to have been used as an entrance into worship at the ancient Hebrew Temple for celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles (or Booths). This festival commemorated the Israelites’ pilgrimage in the wilderness after the Exodus and on the way to the Promised Land. In Deuteronomy 31, God commanded them to observe this feast to remember this time of God’s leading and provision. And after the people were gathered to worship, the Law was to be read. This gives us the structure of Psalm 95. First, there is a call to come and worship (verses 1-7b) and then there is an admonition to hear and obey God’s voice. The point is this: we can choose how we respond to God. If we respond with joy and thanksgiving and submission, we will enter into God’s rest.

 

The slides from this message can be found here.

Here is the outline from the bulletin:
1-Entrance into Worship verses 1-7b
    a-Worship God in song joyfully and with thanksgiving because God is the great God and King over all the universe. Verses 1-5
    b-Worship God in humble submission because God tenderly cares for us. Verses 6-7b
2-Response to the Word verses 7c-10
    a-Hear God’s voice verse 7c
    b-Do not harden your heart (refusing to respond to God) verse 8
    c-Be thankful for God’s goodness and do not test God (doubting God will take care of you). Verse 9
3-Your response determines your rest verse 11