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. Darrell Pierce, Clarksburg, WV

Lent is a time of repentance but this Psalm deals with three things that must always be present: worship, faith, and obedience. The Psalm begins with human worship but ends with God’s reminder of what we lose when we forget faith and obedience.

So much attention is often spent on “what we are giving up” that we forget to make sure that we don’t give up the big three. It is through worship, faith, and obedience that we establish the communication with God that allows him to tell us where we need to repent so that we may truly celebrate Christ and his death, burial, and resurrection.

This lent, let us repent, but let us not stop there. Let us “sing for joy to the Lord.” Let us “bow down in worship.” And let us “not harden [our] hearts.”  Then we will truly be “the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.”

 

Dear Shepherd, lead us in green pastures and beside still waters

as we prepare for the grand celebration of your resurrection.

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