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Psalms 95-96

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Calls to Worship the Lord

Psalms 95-96

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Lesson Number 70

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. There is no good reason not to worship the Lord.
  2. There will be universal worship of the Lord when He returns.

Practical Application

  1. Don't fail the rest!
  2. Let's show an attitude of worship!

Questions

  1. Review the definition offered for "worship."
  2. How did the author of Hebrews use Psalm 95:8-11?
  3. Where do we see a psalm similar to Psalm 96 elsewhere in Scripture?
  4. Who is called upon to worship the Lord in Psalm 96?
  5. Why will a "new song" be sung to the Lord (verse 1)?

Answers

  1. Worship is acknowledging who God is and what God does, to God Himself, with Thanksgiving.
  2. He used these verses in reference to God's rest today (Hebrews 3:7 - 4:11).
  3. This psalm is quoted with only slight variation in 1 Chronicles 16:23-33. 1 Chronicles 16 was the occasion of David bringing the Ark of the Covenant up to Jerusalem, which may indicate that David was the author of this psalm.
  4. In this psalm the whole earth, including all nations and nature itself is called on to worship the Lord.
  5. This is not a slight against old hymns of the faith! A new song will be sung when the Lord returns because the Lord will be here in His glorious kingdom and will reign over all the nations.

Discuss/Consider

  1. Think back on times when you have not "felt like" worshipping God. Was it because your heart was hardened (Psalm 95:8)? How were you able to shift your thinking so you could truly worship God - giving Him your mind's attention and your heart's affection?
  2. Have you ever considered using Saturday night or early Sunday morning to prepare yourself for worshipping the Lord? Whether in the way you talk, the way you prioritize your time, or the way you dress, you can prepare yourself for an attitude of worship.

Challenge

  1. Use your imagination to picture what it will be like in the day when nature itself worships the Lord.

Key Verses

  • "Oh come, let us sing to the LORD! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms." Psalm 95:1-2
  • "Do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion, as in the day of trial in the wilderness, when your fathers tested Me; they tried Me, though they saw My work." Psalm 95:8-9
  • "Give to the LORD, O families of the peoples, Give to the LORD glory and strength. Give to the LORD the glory due His name; bring an offering, and come into His courts. Oh, worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness! Tremble before Him, all the earth." Psalm 96:7-9
  • "Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; Let the sea roar, and all its fullness; Let the field be joyful, and all that is in it. Then all the trees of the woods will rejoice before the LORD." Psalm 96:11-12

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