05/22/18 — Psalms Chapters 95, 97-99

If you are like me I drop notes in the margin of my Bible if a particular sermon, teaching or commentary impacts me (many thanks to Artie, Randy, Buddy and the other men who have taught even before our arrival on the Cape.)

I have such notes beside each of the three uses of the English word “come” in Psalm 95: 1-7.  These notes cause me to reflect on the true nature of worship.

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.

My notes say that each word for “come” is different in the Hebrew (I certainly cannot read Hebrew but did check a Hebrew reference and, indeed, each word is different.)

In verse 1, the Hebrew implies “come” as if inviting a friend into your home.

In verse 2 it is “come” with a bit of trepidation because we are entering into the very presence of the Lord God almighty.  In the Hebrew translation I read it even states: Let us greet His presence with thanksgiving.

In verse 4 the Hebrew implies come “fully into the presence of God.”

I think it is a terrific reminder of the attitude we should have as we enter our building for worship.  Our gathering for worship is special — we are not there for a social meeting — we are there to worship and give thanks to the very Creator of the universe.  Let us never forget how blessed we are …

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