Growing with God: A daily devotion with Tonia Slimm.
Psalm 95:1-7a (NIV)
Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land. Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.
Psalm 95:1-7a (MSG)
Come, let’s shout praises to God, raise the roof for the Rock who saved us! Let’s march into his presence singing praises, lifting the rafters with our hymns! And why? Because God is the best, High King over all the gods. In one hand he holds deep caves and caverns, in the other hand grasps the high mountains. He made Ocean—he owns it! His hands sculpted Earth! So come, let us worship: bow before him, on your knees before God, who made us! Oh yes, he’s our God, and we’re the people he pastures, the flock he feeds.
“O come, let us sing joyfully to the Lord; let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with a song of thanksgiving; let us shout joyfully to Him with songs. For the Lord is a great God and a great King above all gods, In whose hand are the depths of the earth; the peaks of the mountains are His also. The sea is His, for He made it [by His command]; and His hands formed the dry land. O come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker [in reverent praise and prayer]. For He is our God and we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand.” -AMPLIFIED
Come; let us worship the Lord, our Lord. Let us come before Him with thanksgiving and praise. Let us bow before our Maker; for great is our God and greatly to be praised! Psalm 95 is a call to worship. It was written for the priest to call the people of Israel to come before the Lord and is full of reminders of who God is and what He has done for the people.
Who is this God and why do we worship Him? He is the Creator, the Maker of all things, the King of kings and the Lord of lords. He is God, Most High and there is no other like Him. We worship Him because He is our Maker. We worship Him because He is our Lord and our Savior. We worship Him because He is our Shepherd and we are His people; the sheep of His pasture.
Notice that He is God and we are not. The thread that runs through this psalm and throughout Scripture is that HE is God and we belong to Him. He is the center of this Universe, not anyone of us. He made this whole Universe; from one corner to the other. He took the time to create each minute detail and set it into place and it was good; not us. Each star, each grain of sand, each flower,each animal, every molecule of water, was created by God. “In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land” This is our God!
C.S. Lewis shared these thought on praising God. “The Scotch catechism says that man’s chief end is “to glorify God and enjoy Him forever”. But we shall then know that these are the same thing. Fully to enjoy is to glorify. In commanding us to glorify Him, God is inviting us to enjoy Him.”
Let us sing, let us bow down, let us glorify our God; for He is and always will be the Rock of our Salvation, our God Most High, our King, our Maker and our Shepherd. He is the Great “I AM”; after all. Come; let us praise the Lord together. Come let us bow together on bended knee and worship our God in holy reverence.
Lord God, you are indeed my Maker and the Creator of all things. You are at the center of all things; holding a position of authority and power that only you can hold. Yet, despite of who you are you still take the time to care about all the little details in the lives of all your people and in the World that you created. Nothing is too small or insignificant that you do not care or take the time to do something about it. You are a God of the great things and of the small things; caring equally about all. You are not just the Maker and Creator; you are also the Shepherd; who lovingly cares for the sheep. I worship and praise you for who you are; for there is no one who is quite like my God. Lord, I love you!