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Song of Solomon
Psalms 95 COMMENTARY (Pulpit)
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O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.
- O come, let us sing unto the Lord. From this opening phrase, which finds an echo in vers. 2 and 6, this psalm has been called "The Invitatory Psalm." As it invited the Jews, so it now invites Christian congregations, to join in the worship of the sanctuary.
Let us make a joyful noise to the Rock of our salvation
). Loudness of voice was regarded as indicating earnestness of heart (see
2 Chronicles 20:19
, etc.). The expression, "Rock of our salvation" is taken from
2 Samuel 22:47
). It is well paraphrased in our Prayer book Version, "the
of our salvation."
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving.
duty, when we come before God's presence, is to thank him (see the Exhortation in the Order for Daily Prayer).
And make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.
A "psalm" is properly a "song of
- the natural concomitant of thanksgiving.
For the LORD
a great God, and a great King above all gods.
For the Lord is a
Thanks and praise are due to God, in the first place, because of his greatness (see Psalm cf. 2). "Who is so
a god as our God?" (
is unsearchable" (
And a great King
above all gods;
"a goat King above all other
so called gods"
- above the great of the earth (
Psalm 82:1, 6
), above angels (
), above the imaginary gods of the heathen (
In his hand
the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills
In his hand are
the deep places of the earth; the strength of the hills is his also
the summits of the mountains are his also.
The meaning is that
the earth is his, from the highest heights to the lowest depths.
his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry
The sea is his, and he made it
Psalm 104:24, 25
And his hands formed the dry land
Genesis 1:9, 10
O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.
O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel.
The outward and visible worship of the body is required of man, no less than the inward and spiritual worship of the soul.
Before the Lord our Maker
"who has made us what we are - created us, redeemed us, taken us to be his people" (comp.
our God; and we
the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice,
For he is our God.
A second, and a more urgent, reason for worshipping God. Not only is he a "great God" (ver. 3), but he is also "
God" - our own God - brought into the closest personal relationship with us.
And we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand
, etc.). We are led by him, tended by him, fed by him, folded by him. We owe everything to his shepherding.
- The warning against waywardness. This is delivered in four, or rather four and a half, verses, and commences with the words, "Today if ye will hear his voice."
. This word, standing prominently forward as it does, is a startling call, intimating that the time is come for a momentous decision.
If ye will hear his voice.
God is crying to his people - will they hear, or will they forbear? If the former, all will go well; if the latter, than assuredly they shall not enter into his rest. The "voice" intended proceeds to give the warning of vers. 8-11.
Harden not your heart, as in the provocation,
the day of temptation in the wilderness:
Harden not your heart, as in the provocation;
as at Meribah
And as in the day of temptation in the wilderness;
and as in the day of Massah.
The children of Israel "tempted" God, and "chided" with Moses at Massah (or Meribah) in the wilderness, where water was first given them out of the rock. Their descendants are warned not to follow the example of their forefathers.
When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work.
When your fathers tempted me
Exodus 17:2, 7
). Proved me; or, "tested me" - put my power and goodness to the proof.
saw my work
"saw the water gush forth from the rock, when at my command Moses struck it" (
Forty years long was I grieved with
generation, and said, It
a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways:
Forty years long was I grieved with this generation;
with that generation
- the generation that tempted God in the wilderness (see the Revised Version).
And said, It is a people that do err in their heart;
a people of wanderers in heart
are these; i.e.
"not only are they a people whose feet wander (
hearts also have wandered and gone astray from my paths."
And they have not known my ways.
"My ways - the ways of my commandments - are unknown to them, untrodden by them."
Unto whom I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest.
Unto whom I sware in my wrath;
so that that I sware in my wrath
, or "wherefore I sware in my wrath" (for the oath itself, see
; and comp.
Deuteronomy 1:34, 35
they should not enter into my rest.
The "rest" originally intended was that of Canaan, when "the Lord gave rest unto Israel from all their enemies round about" (
). But Canaan was a type of the heavenly rest; and the warning given to the Israel of his day by the present psalmist is to be regarded as a warning that, if they followed in the steps of their forefathers, they might miss of that final and crowning "rest," which, after the wilderness of this world is traversed, still "remaineth for the people of God" (see
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