O come, let us sing unto the Lord : let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. – Psa. 95:1 KJV
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Although the author of Psalm 95 is not too clear, most Bible scholars attribute its writing to King David. The Psalm can be described as an invitational psalm calling on people to come and do two basic things, sing unto the Lord in praise (Psa. 95:1) and worship the Lord – Psa. 95:5.
In the first invitation to sing joyful songs to the Lord, the psalmist invites all people to come before the Almighty God with thanksgiving and make joyful noise with songs unto Him in appreciation – Psa. 95:2.
To praise the Almighty God is to express an approval and admiration for Him, to respect and show gratitude to Him in worship. Praise must given to God, even when it seems there is yet to be a personal experience of His goodness as it is an acknowledgement of the qualities in Him. God is to be praised whether in good times or not so good times because praising Him is not about what good He has done or those not so good things that he has not prevented from happening to us or those delayed or unfulfilled expectations. His being praised has nothing to do with your being satisfied in your desires or not.
The writer says the Almighty God deserves to be praised with songs because;
1. He is the Rock of our Salvation – Psa. 95:1b. Salvation in this context means that the Almighty God is the one that preserves or delivers us from harm, ruin or loss and to qualify that act with the word “Rock” indicates how solid, reliable and unmovable this attribute of His is. It is available in all seasons for those who choose to lean on Him. The Bible says, He is our refuge and our strength, a very present help in times of trouble – Psa. 46:1. We do not have to praise because he manifested in that situation with such attributes but because he remains a very present one, available when needed. He was there when you did not notice Him, He was there when you needed Him and He will be there when you need Him in the future. His availability in all seasons is worth celebrating and that is what you are doing when you praise Him. Do not wait until you see what he has done, in terms of His ability to save you, before you appreciate Him, else you will be an ingrate and one that lacks trust in Him. There are so many acts of His that are in your favour but not visible to you. Christians must learn to praise God for remaining the everlasting and ever reliable rock of our salvation.
2. He is a great God – Psa. 91:3a. The greatness of God is not, and will never be in doubt. The complex nature of the earth which is a product of His creation is a pointer to His greatness. The Psalmist says the heavens are all declaring his greatness – Psa. 19:1-11. Only a fool will not praise the Lord (Psa. 14:1) because even the blind feel enough of his glory to warrant their praising Him. He is indeed worthy of praise. The Psalmist says the deep places of the earth and the strength of the hills are in His hands just as the seas and the dry lands are products of his hand – Psa. 95:4-5.
3. He is a great king above all gods – Psa. 95:3b. Although several gods have been referenced over the years, none of them has been referred to as the creator of the heavens and earth. If anything, the creation of all those gods or the material used to form them are even attributed to Him. Many great kings who are idol worshippers eventually acknowledged and accepted His greatness when He revealed Himself to them – Dan.3:28-29.
It will imply that whoever does not think that the Almighty God deserves to be praised will be someone who cannot appreciate the glory of all creatures, seen and unseen, including him/herself. More so, such a person cannot be a Christian and like earlier stated, the praise of the Almighty God cannot be verbal only, neither can it be on specific occasions alone. God must be praised every second of every day of life. This is because praising Him provides blessings, victory, etc. for such a person. Mountains shift because of praise – Josh. 6:1-27, enemies fall due to praise (2Chr. 20:22) and impossibilities become possibilities due to praise – Acts 16:25. The miracle of sleeping and waking up is enough for anyone to remain grateful to God for.
Are you in one form of stress or the other? Invite the Almighty God into that situation, by just rolling out the drums, sing songs and Psalms to His glory and make a joyful noise and you will witness mountains move for you and boundary lines drop for you in pleasant places – Psa. 16:6; 22:3. May that be your testimony in Jesus name. Amen.