Ps. 95:1-11; 97:1-99:9
God is the God from whom all blessings flow. Even in the face of all that He had done for Israel, they continued to look to the false gods of the nations around them. The psalmist reminded them of His greatness above all gods and urged them to praise Him for those blessings. He had made the heavens and the earth and all that are in them. God is all powerful and righteous over all things. The gods—ZERO! For that reason, he urged them to look to Him with soft hearts as sheep instead of with the hardness of their fathers who had wandered in the wilderness many years earlier. Their fathers were denied entrance into the Promised Land because of their lack of faith and trust.
The psalmist continued his thoughts regarding the supremacy of God above idol gods. He was described as a king reigning upon a magnificent throne with His subjects rejoicing because of His judgments. When one condemns wickedness, he is ignorantly called a “hater.” The writer strongly stated, “You who love the Lord, hate evil!” God has always stated His love for man—even sending His Son to die that sinners might be saved. We are to be like God and hate the evil, but LOVE the SINNER.
Sing. God’s children have sung praises to him through the ages. When one is happy, he rejoices. Singing is an excellent method of expressing that joy. The psalmist gave instructions for Israel’s devotion to God in song. As Christians, we have instructions for worship that are similar in many ways to those of Israel, but also with differences. The Israelites were instructed to observe the Passover as a memorial of their deliverance from the death of the firstborn in Egypt. Instead of the Passover, Christians observe the Lord’s supper as a memorial of Christ’s death. Christians make the melody in their hearts instead of using harps and trumpets to accompany their singing. There are also other differences between Christian and Jewish worship.
“The Lord reigns.” It is sometimes said in the workplace, “Remember who signs your paycheck.” We need to remember our Master/King who reigns on His throne in heaven. He is to be honored, feared, praised and obeyed because He is the one who “signs our paycheck” that we will cash in the “bank of heaven.” The psalmist reminded them of the faith of Moses, Aaron and Samuel. Their examples should encourage all of us to persevere in our faith, service and worship of God.