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Come, Let Us Bow Down and Worship!

Scripture reading for June 22nd: Psalms 90-97

“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.” (Psalm 95:6-7)

Worship of God is not passive.  The psalms call for all manner of activity and expression of our adoration and thankfulness to the God who formed the heavens and the earth.  In this psalm, singing for joy, shouting aloud, extolling Him with music, bowing down, an kneeling are all urged as proper expressions for God’s people as they come before their King in worship.  God is viewed as a great Shepherd and His people are the flock that He cares for.  The people know their God and respond to His voice.

Jesus stated plainly that He was the “good Shepherd” and that His sheep know Him and He knows His sheep.  (John 10:11, 14)  Jesus used this analogy to help people understand who He was and their relationship to Him.  He was tying Himself to God the Father through their Old Testament Scriptures.  He also stated that His sheep would know His voice and the voice of a stranger they would not follow.  (John 10:4-5)  The shepherd leads the sheep and calls them to follow Him.  The sheep bond to the one shepherd that they know and respond to him.

“Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah, as you did that day at Massah in the desert, where your fathers tested and tried me, though they had seen what I did.” (Psalm 95:8-9)

This psalm encourages obedience to the voice of the Shepherd and warns of the consequences of disobedience.  The incident in Exodus 17:1-7 when the Israelites quarreled with Moses and doubted God was with them in the desert is cited as a warning.  These Israelites had seen all the miracles God had done for them to bring them out of Egypt, but refused to continue in faith when their water supply grew short!  God became angry with that generation, and they did not enter into God’s rest because of their unbelief!  (Psalms 95:11)

Jesus Christ, our Good Shepherd calls out today to all who will listen to His voice:  “Come to me, all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)  Listen today and enter in with active worship!

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