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. Janice Hill, Pastor

First Christian Church, Parkersburg

This beautiful call to worship reminds us how awesome our God is and worthy of our praise! Oh that we would have that view every time we meet!

And then there’s verse 7b, “O that today you would listen to his voice!” Isn’t that what we need? To stop and listen to God! So many of our (my) problems are self-induced, because we harden our hearts and do things our way.

I have found that my daily decisions make up my life. Daily I have to decide to do what I have committed to do – to trust and follow God who is faithful and deserves praise and honor. Worship helps me in that task – reminding me who God is; and it’s not me!


Holy One, forgive me when I allow my pride to interfere

with what I know is best. Amen.