God’s Greatness and His Judgement (Psalm 94 – 95)

These psalms by anonymous authors speak to God’s abilities and man’s proper response to Him.

Psalm 94 is a prayer to God that He would rise up against the proud and wicked to judge them.  The writer asks “How long will the wicked triumph?”  He goes on to list the sins of the proud, including insolence, boastfulness, abuse, and murder.  The writer proposes that the wicked do not even notice what they do.  He then lifts up the omniscience of God, telling them that God sees all.  It is stated that blessings come from the instruction of the Lord, and among them is the faithfulness of God to His people.  The writer praises God for His help to him, and again declares that the wicked will fall, but the Lord will be the defense of the righteous.

Psalm 95 is a call to worship God and obey Him.

Psalm 95:1–3 (NKJV)

A Call to Worship and Obedience

1 Oh come, let us sing to the LORD!
Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.
2 Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving;
Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.
3 For the LORD is the great God,
And the great King above all gods.

The writer notes that the hills and the oceans are the Lord’s.  He formed the earth, so we should worship and bow down before Him.

Psalm 95:7 (NKJV)
7 For He is our God,
And we are the people of His pasture,
And the sheep of His hand.

However, the writer additionally alludes to the fact that–even though God had performed miracles for them–the Israelites did not believe Him when He said they could take the promised land, so they wandered in the wilderness for 40 years and died.  This reminder illustrates the need to obey God.

When one sees the greatness of God, it should logically happen that the person would believe on Him.  However, wickedness still exists.  Wicked people are proud and arrogant, and will be judged by God if they do not repent.  However, the righteous are safe and secure.  The one caveat here is that even those in relationship with God must obey in order to avoid judgment.  While this is an Old Testament understanding of worship, it has applications for readers today.  Obedience to God and His commandments and plans leads to blessings that are wonderful.  Disobedience, even under grace, leads the Christian to places where the blessings do not follow.  Obey God!  When you don’t, confess and repent.  In the long run, it is our goal, our purpose, to glorify God in all that we do.  Grow to that place in your Christian walk, and see the hand of God open great new vistas on your journey of faith!

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