Psalm 95 – “Hymnic Sermon”

Hebrew-English Text
I. Summary
The psalmist calls on the people to worship, praises God, describes God’s relationship with Israel, and exhorts the people to remain loyal.

II. Photo
The psalmist praises God: “His is the sea, He made it; and the land, which His hands fashioned.” (v. 5)

III. Select Verses    
1-2: Come, let us sing joyously to the LORD, raise a shout for our rock and deliverer;  let us come into His presence with praise; let us raise a shout for Him in song!
3-5: For the LORD is a great God, the great king of all divine beings.  In His hand are the depths of the earth; the peaks of the mountains are His.  His is the sea, He made it; and the land, which His hands fashioned.
7a: He is our God, and we are the people He tends, the flock in His care.
7b-11: O, if you would but heed His charge this day: Do not be stubborn as at Meribah, as on the day of Massah, in the wilderness, when your fathers put Me to the test, tried Me, though they had seen My deeds.  Forty years I was provoked by that generation; I thought, “They are a senseless people; they would not know My ways.”  Concerning them I swore in anger, “They shall never come to My resting-place!”

IV. Outline
1-2. Call to praise and worship
3-5. Hymnic rationale: God is king and creator
6. Call to praise and worship
7a. Rationale: God is Israel’s shepherd
7b-11. Oracular exhortation: Do not rebel like the wilderness generation

V. Comment
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VI. Works Used
(see “Commentaries” page)
Gerstenberger, Erhard. Psalms Part 2 and Lamentations (Forms of Old Testament Literature; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2001).
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