Read Psalm 95

O come, let us sing to the LORD;
                let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
                let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth;
                the heights of the mountains are his also.
The sea is his, for he made it,
                and the dry land, which his hands have formed.
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.
O that today you would listen to his voice!
Do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah,
                as on the day at Massah in the wilderness,
                                when your ancestors tested me, and put me to the proof,
                                                though they had seen my work.
For  forty years I loathed that generation and said,
                “They are a people whose hearts go astray,
                                and they do not regard my ways.”
                 Therefore in my anger I swore, “They shall not enter my rest.”

 

From Rev. Dawna Watkins, Bluefield, WV

                We could spend all our time voicing the wonders of God.  Many books have been written!  We could also spend our time remembering the Exodus story which brings about the admonishment in the second half of this Psalm.  But what do those things have to say about preparing our hearts in this Lenten season for the glory of the cross and the second coming?  What does it say to us about our Sunday morning worship?  Do we praise God for all that God does, and do we listen for God’s judgment? More importantly, do we hear God’s love and forgiveness in the judgment?  A gentle Fatherly reminder, that we can and do learn things from our ancestors.

God, open our hearts to your wonders and help us to voice them,
as we remember the lessons of our spiritual ancestors
and the glory of the cross and resurrection.
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