In Psalm 95, we see four key parts of our love-relationship with God: praise and thanks, worship and listening.
SUMMARY: Praise, thankfulness, worship and listening to God: these are four key parts of our love relationship with God. Each strengthens the others, they all feed into each other. They synergize. They help us grow closer to Jesus.
let’s sing to the LORD. This is a call to sing to the Lord, to praise God in song.
- It’s so important to praise God in song, to sing. It is like the delicate and respectful talk, the romantic chitchat, between people who are in love. They say loving things to one another, perhaps in almost poetic ways.
- Similarly, in our love relationship with God, we sing to him with words of love.
- One practical way to praise God in song is this: to listen to praise music in your car, or in your music player as you travel or exercise. If nobody’s around, you can sing along, as you get to know the songs.
Let’s shout aloud. We want to shout with joy to the God who saves us!
come before his presence with thanksgiving. This is a call to be thankful, to thank God for the many blessings in our lives.
- It’s so important to be thankful. Our own thankfulness, or lack of thankfulness, sends God a message. Do we care about his many blessings? Do we even notice them? Do we take them for granted? Are we appreciative?
- Some of us are going through a tough time right now. Perhaps difficulties have almost taken over your life. But there are things to be thankful for. We’re alive! We’re not in 100% complete misery! We’re not starving! Our lives are worth living! We can make it one more day! We have the hope of eternal life!
- If there are days when you are not thankful, this too shall pass. David had days when he wasn’t able to thank God at all. He faced no shortage of difficulties. He wrote plenty of despairing Psalms. But as soon as he was able, he got back to thankfulness.
- One practical way to thank God each day is to have a gratitude journal. It’s a notebook or a word processing file. Each day, you write into it some things you’re thankful for, maybe three or four or five.
let’s worship and bow down. This is a call to worship God, to worship God by the posture of our body. We bow down.
- Our worship begins in our heart. But then, it goes out and motivates our body to do things.
- We bow before God Almighty: not in terror or fear, but in respectful love. We can bow or kneel before God, out of love and respect.
hear his voice! This is a call to listen: to listen to God. We are called hear his voice.
- We Christians are good at saying prayers. We repeat memorized prayers and we make up prayers to say. That’s good. And yet there’s a call to go beyond the saying of prayers, and to listen. We’re to listen to God.
- Listening is a big part of any relationship. If we love someone, we listen to him or her. If we won’t listen to them, we don’t love them. Similarly, in our love relationship with God, we take time to listen to him. We’ll eventually find a way to listen to him, in ways appropriate to our lives.
- In order to listen, one must be quiet. You need silence. Can you create a time of silence each day, to listen to God, to listen for his voice in your life?
- Silence is difficult for most of us There are a thousand things going on all the time and a thousand more to get ready for. And yet we have a deep need to make progress in this area. We are to spend time each day listening to God.
- A fantastic way to listen to God is to establish a daily practice of Contemplative Prayer.
Hebrews 4:7. he again defines a certain day, today, saying through David so long a time afterward (just as has been said), “Today if you will hear his voice, don’t harden your hearts.”
Hebrews 3:8. don’t harden your hearts, as in the rebellion, like as in the day of the trial in the wilderness,
Hebrews 4:5. and in this place again, “They will not enter into my rest.”
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