Irvin Wasswa, Tylertown Campus Pastor LHBC
Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
2 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
3 For the Lord is a great God,
and a great King above all gods.
4 In his hand are the depths of the earth;
the heights of the mountains are his also.
5 The sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands formed the dry land.
6 Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!
7 For he is our God,
and we are the people of his pasture,
and the sheep of his hand.
The Lord God is worthy of all of our praise and worship! Did you know that? As a matter of fact, He is worthy of our life. This is what the Psalmist declares here in Psalm 95. He is charging the people of Israel and us to choose to take a step and worship the Lord. By the way, did you know that worship is a choice? It is more than singing songs when you feel like it, but it is about making the declaration that God is worthy in every season of life of my worship so I am going to sing! The Psalmist charges us to choose to worship the Lord (V.1-2). He then gives a few of the many reasons as to why we oughta choose to worship Him (V. 3-7)
1) We worship God because He is a great God and above all other gods v.3 – First and foremost the Psalmist highlights how we ought to praise God because He is great and above all gods. We see this time and time again throughout the Old Testament. From proving to the false prophets of Baal that He was God, to showing up and taking care of the Israelites time and time again, He has made it known that He is in control, and that He is above all gods. That is the same truth we see in our lives too by the way. The Lord God has no rival, He has no equal. He alone is God and because of that fact, we ought to worship Him with our whole heart.
2) We worship God because He is the Creator v.4-5 – The Lord God spoke and the seas were formed. The Lord spoke and the mountains took shape. Our universe isn’t just because of some accident or big bang. No, a Big God is the orchestrator, designer and creator of it all. For that reason we oughta praise Him. By the way in verse 6 the call is for us to kneel before the Lord our maker. The Bible in Philippians 2 tells us that one day EVERY knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. We either bow to Him now as our Lord and Savior, or bow to Him later as just ruler and judge.
3) We worship Him because we are His. (v.6-7) – How deep the Father’s love for us! God could’ve easily manipulated all of mankind into worshipping Him. He could’ve stayed distant and far off, but He didn’t. Mankind sinned, breaking the relationship between them and God, but God in His love made a way for that relationship to be restored; He sent His one and only Son Jesus Christ to live the life we couldn’t live, die the death we should have died so that we can walk with God again. Those who believe in Jesus have that life in His name. Wow! We have a relationship with the Creator, the Ruler, the Great God. Listen, we can’t help but to worship Him. We deserved hell but because of God’s love we get heaven. We deserved death but because of the finished work of Jesus we get life! Hallelujah!
The Lord God is worthy of all of our praise! Let me ask you a question: When is the last time you stepped back and truly worshipped the Lord? What is keeping you from engaging the Lord with your worship? I challenge you this morning to spend a few moments reflecting on the text from Psalm 95 and spend time singing songs of praise and worship to our God.
SONG OF WORSHIP FOR TODAY: Yes I Will- Vertical Church
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, You are worthy of your name as King of kings and Lord of lords. Help me to remember that you are the only One worthy of worship. May you stir my affections for you more deeply this morning and give me a heart and attitude to worship you. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.