Day 15: Psalm 95
It is my job today to awake your soul, so here goes…
Psalm 95 kicks off with a reminder for us to Praise our Lord, to worship “the Rock of our salvation” and to thank the King of Kings. The Psalmist reminds us just how Great our God is.
He holds in his hands the depths of the Earth, and the highest mountains. The sea belongs to Him, for He made it. His hands formed the dry land, too…for He is our God. We are the people He watches over, the flock under His care… – verses 4-7.
Wow, just pause on that thought for a second. The God who holds the Earth in His hands, is our God, is watching over us and is caring for us!!
But, there’s a second half, and this is where I would like to focus briefly.
… If only you would listen to His voice today! – verse 7
We need to actively listen to His voice, today! Today today today. Nowhere does it mention tomorrow!
I’ll say it again- today. Don’t leave it until tomorrow to get right with God, or live from an encounter with God yesterday; The Holy Spirit is speaking to you today. This is a genuine invitation from the Holy Spirit to act today.
Have you ever received a text saying; “Hey, you should come round for coffee sometime”
There is no firm plan here, and you will likely not be convinced that it will happen.
Imagine the text said this instead, “Hey, you should come round for coffee tomorrow at 10am” (Now you’ll need to use your imagination and try to remember the days in which this invitation was legal!).
But this latter text is a firm invitation. They clearly want you to come, they are ready for you to come, and they will be prepared for you to come. This is the same for us when we are invited in to meet with God by His Holy Spirit; God wants you, God is ready for you and God is prepared for you to enter into His presence.
Let this stir up your faith, challenge you, and comfort you. The living God wants a relationship with you, and He wants a relationship with you today. Let’s not be people who sit back and wait until Sunday. Sunday is not today, and today is not worth wasting!
And finally, I want to talk about the next verse.
Don’t harden your hearts as Israel did at Meribah, as they did at Massah in the wilderness – verse 8.
The Israelites were wondering in the wilderness because of their hardened hearts. Perhaps you see this lockdown as a wilderness; unending, unexpected, bare and full of strange circumstances. Let me ask you one thing; Is your heart wondering aimlessly? Have you hardened your heart to God’s voice and rejected His guidance?
Finally, the very first word of this Psalm is ‘come’. This is an invitation for us, yet this is also a challenge for us as this requires action.
This is my prayer for you: I pray that this scripture both challenges and comforts you. I pray that you will accept this invitation to worship our God and allow Him to soften your heart…today.
Ps Dan Kelland