Psalm 95

1650 psalter

The flock and the Shepherd together inviting men now to enter the fold

Luther thought the whole of this psalm is Messianic. Paul uses it in Hebrews 3 & 4, as pertaining to the Jews of his day, and in the context of Hebrews 4:7, this psalm is shown to be Christocentric.

Worship ought to be glad and devotional, and an act of willing obeisance. There is to be a bowing of the soul, a bending of the knees of one’s spirit and an opening of the mouth in singing His praise. There is a time to be silent, and a time to speak in worship, and here we are encouraged to tell forth His praise. There is also a warning given which the Jews in the time of Moses, and of Christ, did not heed. And that is a salutary lesson for us to always bear in mind.

Pastor Jeff O’ Neil

Recommended Tune: Moravia


Psalm 95

¹O come, let us sing to the LORD:
Come, let us ev’ry one
A joyful noise make to the Rock
Of our salvation.

²Let us before his presence come
With praise and thankful voice;
Let us sing psalms to him with grace,
And make a joyful noise.

³For GOD, a great God, and great King,
Above all gods he is.
⁴Depths of the earth are in his hand,
The strength of hills is his.

⁵To him the spacious sea belongs,
For he the same did make;
The dry land also from his hands
Its form at first did take.

⁶O come, and let us worship him,
Let us bow down withal,
And on our knees before the LORD
Our Maker let us fall.

⁷For he’s our God, the people we
Of his own pasture are,
And of his hand the sheep; to–day,
If ye his voice will hear,

⁸Then harden not your hearts, as in
The provocation,
As in the desert, on the day
Of the tentation:

⁹When me your fathers tempt’d and prov’d,
And did my working see;
¹⁰Ev’n for the space of forty years
This race hath grieved me.

I said, This people errs in heart,
My ways they do not know:
¹¹To whom I sware in wrath, that to
My rest they should not go.