Psalm 95: Call to Worship

What is the difference in how participants benefit from private worship versus singing as part of a church congregation?

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Psalm 95:1 Come, let’s gather and sing praises to the Lord. Let’s shout for joy to our protector and deliverer.
King James
Psalm 95:1 O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.

Why are thankful hearts and joyful praises important?

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Psalm 95:2 Let’s enter his presence with thankful hearts and sing joyful melodies of praise.
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Psalm 95:2 Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.

What challenges might we face in comprehending God’s greatness?

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Psalm 95:3 Our Lord God is supremely great, ruler above all authorities.
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Psalm 95:3 For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.

If God is in control, why do we have natural disasters that some call “acts of God”?

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Psalm 95:4 From the depths of the earth to the highest mountain peaks, God is in control.
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Psalm 95:4 In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also.

What did God do to create land and sea?

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Psalm 95:5 Both land and sea were made by his hands.
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Psalm 95:5 The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land.

What is indicated by bowing and kneeling before God?

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Psalm 95:6 Come and bow before him in worship. Kneel before the Lord our Creator.
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Psalm 95:6 O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker.

What makes it difficult to hear God’s voice?

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Psalm 95:7 He is our God and we live in his pasture, like sheep under his constant care. If only we would hear his voice.
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Psalm 95:7 For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice,

Why would people who have seen God’s work ask for proof?

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Psalm 95:8–9 Don’t resist God like your ancestors did at Meribah, as they did that day in the wilderness at Massah, where they saw his work, yet asked him to prove himself with additional tests.
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Psalm 95:8–9 Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness: When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work.

What did God mean when he said, “Their hearts aren’t with me”?

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Psalm 95:10–11 After forty years of grief with that generation, God said, “Their hearts aren’t with me. They’ve gone astray, rejecting the value of my ways.” Therefore, God swore in his anger that they would not enter his place of rest.
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Psalm 95:10–11 Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways: Unto whom I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest.