A Season of Psalms - Psalm 95:1, 6-7
Psalm 95: 1, 6-7
“Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!...Oh 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.”
English Standard Version (ESV)
Do sheep sing? The animated movie Sing certainly thinks so. In fact, in the film there’s a Sinatra-esque crooning mouse, a salsa-dancing pig, a guitar-playing porcupine, a rapping buffalo, and a pop star elephant with a severe case of stage fright. All enter a singing competition to win the grand prize of $10,000, but when disaster strikes and the competition is cancelled, the contestants find a greater joy in singing because it’s what they enjoy doing.
God’s sheep sing. For some, that means “making a joyful noise,” but if offered from a sincere heart, our vocal offerings to Him are not mere noise, but a fragrant aroma in which He takes great delight. Psalm 95 gives us two great instructions on worship. The first is to worship and bow down, to kneel before the Lord, our Maker. This is our only response when we approach the King. He is the Creator of everything; every good and perfect gift comes from Him. We approach Him not with heads held high, but prostrate in reverence and humility. Recall how Isaiah was undone in God’s presence and loathed his impurity before a holy God. The second instruction is to remember who we are in light of God’s greatness. We are the people of His pasture, under the care of the Good Shepherd. He leads us, guides us, provides for our every need, and protects us a shepherd faithfully protects his flock from physical and natural danger. This is reason enough to rejoice and sing!
One of my favorite Chris Tomlin songs says this about our King: “How can I keep from singing Your praise? How can I ever say enough? So amazing is Your love! How can I keep from shouting Your name? I know I am loved by the King, and it makes my heart want to sing!” Whether you can sing like a rock star or barely carry a tune, let’s make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. He is worthy!
Further Reading: 2 Samuel 22; Colossians 3:12-17
Pray with me today:
Father, I sing for joy at the works of Your hands. You are great, and greatly to be praised. Tune my heart to sing Thy grace, both now and forevermore. You’re a good, good Father. I love You and praise You in Jesus’ name, Amen.