Reverence and rest

RE Verse reading–Psalm 95 (day six) “Come, let us worship and bow down. . .your fathers tested me. . . ‘They shall never enter my rest.’ ”  (vs 6, 9, 11)  The first sentences of Psalm 95 (vs 1-7) call us to sing, to worship, to bow down.  Expressions all of reverence to God.  Declarations of His holy worth.  The second part of the Psalm (vs 7b-11) tell us what happens when we refuse reverence.  We forfeit rest.  The powerful illustration comes from Israeli history before the wilderness wanderings.  The people tested God.  Tested His patience.  Tested His mercy.  Demanded more and more proof of His care.  Far past the point when they had sufficient evidence for trust. Do you notice that these attitudes are the exact opposite of reverence?  Not to worship God, not to declare His trustworthiness even during difficult times is a crime against Him.  A crime also against ourselves.  No worship.  No rest.  “Come (reverently) unto Me. . .I will give you rest.” says the Lord.

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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