Psalm 95 – Celebrate

Week of 2/18-2/24: 

Sermon for 022408

1 Come, let us sing to the LORD! Let us give a joyous shout to the rock of our salvation! 2 Let us come before him with thanksgiving. Let us sing him psalms of praise. 3 For the LORD is a great God, the great King above all gods. 4 He owns the depths of the earth, and even the mightiest mountains are his. 5 The sea belongs to him, for he made it. His hands formed the dry land, too. 6 Come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the LORD our maker, 7 for he is our God. We are the people he watches over, the sheep under his care. Oh, that you would listen to his voice today! 8 The LORD says, “Don’t harden your hearts as Israel did at Meribah, as they did at Massah in the wilderness. 9 For there your ancestors tried my patience; they courted my wrath though they had seen my many miracles. 10 For forty years I was angry with them, and I said, ‘They are a people whose hearts turn away from me. They refuse to do what I tell them.’ 11 So in my anger I made a vow: ‘They will never enter my place of rest.'” (NLT)

NOTES:
Meribah and Massah – The place where God provided clear water to drink for Israel as they traveled in the wilderness from Egypt to the Promised Land. (Exodus 17:1-7) 
Questions for reflection:   Who, What, Where, When, Why, How – What does Ps 95 say to these questions?
·     Who do we worship?
·     Where is God?
·     Where do we worship?
·     When do we worship?
·     Why do we worship?
·     How do we worship?
·     What may happen if we fail to worship?
What does our worship practice say in response? Is it consistent, or different, and why?
What does the world have to tell us about worship?
PRAYER: Holy God, Awesome in power and unending in love, we worship you today. You have made us what we are, to live for you and glorify you. We confess that we have not always honored you. Show us the Way in Jesus, that we may be more like him in our devotion to you. May our whole lives become a celebration of you. Amen.
Upcoming Texts:
 
Week of 2/25-3/2: Psalm 23 – Trust
Week of 3/3-3/9: Psalm 130 – Wait and Hope

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