95:1 Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
2 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
3 For the Lord is a great God,
and a great King above all gods.
4 In his hand are the depths of the earth;
the heights of the mountains are his also.
5 The sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands formed the dry land.
6 Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!
7 For he is our God,
and we are the people of his pasture,
and the sheep of his hand.
Today, if you hear his voice,
8 do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah,
as on the day at Massah in the wilderness,
9 when your fathers put me to the test
and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work.
10 For forty years I loathed that generation
and said, “They are a people who go astray in their heart,
and they have not known my ways.”
11 Therefore I swore in my wrath,
“They shall not enter my rest.”
Praise flows from a grateful heart. In order to praise God you must know what he has done for you. I love how this Psalm commands, sings, and provides the story! There is nothing too high or too low for God, it is all his.
Sheep is one of those images that cuts both ways. They are beautiful on the hillside, important to the economy, yet they are stupid and take lots of work and attention to maintain. We are the sheep of God's pasture. God also warns us about those who have gone before and blown it. Remember. Take your time, long to enter into God's rest.