Oh come, let us sing to the Lord Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. For the Lord is the great God, And the great King above all gods. Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand.
Psalm ninety-five is a call for our worship and obedience to the Lord. It speaks of God’s ultimate kingship and authority over all of creation. This psalm was written as a remembrance of the wilderness wanderings and was most likely penned by David. This section of scripture gives us a proper perspective of approaching God with our praise. It also paints a wonderful picture of Jesus. Jesus is the Rock of our salvation, through whom we can come before the presence of God as His dear children. Because of Jesus, we are cleansed from our sins as He took upon Himself the penalty for our transgressions. Through our faith in Him, we become white as snow because His righteousness, is imputed or freely credited to us by our faith in Him. Therefore, we come before God with thanksgiving and praise, which is rightfully due our Creator, Lord and God because of our salvation. The Bible tells us Jesus is the “Author of creation,” and despite this He stepped out of eternity and died for us.
Moreover, God’s word also tells us that it is through Him all things are currently held together, yet He laid down His life in order that we may have eternal life through Him. And we cannot forget His resurrection, not only proved that He indeed was God in the flesh, but it also guaranteed our salvation. And because of what He did for us, we can cry out to God, “Abba, Father.” Through our faith in Jesus, we have been adopted into the family of God as children of God and joint-heirs with Christ. Jesus first loved us and He alone is our good and faithful Shepherd and we are the sheep of His pasture. This knowledge of who Jesus is and what He has done for us, is what gives us the security of knowing no matter what lies ahead, no one can take us from the arms of Christ. Moreover, it’s this knowledge of being secure in Christ, which causes us to fall on our knees in praise to our King. David reinforces the thought of God as our shepherd with the statement, “we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand.” The phrase “King above all gods” was a euphemism, used as a poetic way of denying the existence of false gods.