PSALM 95#Twice the Psalm calls the people to praise and worship God (Ps 95:1–2, 6), the king of all creatures (Ps 95:3–5) and shepherd of the flock (Ps 95:7a, 7b). The last strophe warns the people to be more faithful than were their ancestors in the journey to the promised land (Ps 95:7c–11). This invitation to praise God regularly opens the Church’s official prayer, the Liturgy of the Hours.
A Call to Praise and Obedience
1Come, let us sing joyfully to the Lord;
cry out to the rock of our salvation.#a. [95:1] Dt 32:15.
2Let us come before him with a song of praise,
joyfully sing out our psalms.
3For the Lord is the great God,
the great king over all gods,#b. [95:3] Ps 47:2; 135:5.
4Whose hand holds the depths of the earth;
who owns the tops of the mountains.
5The sea and dry land belong to God,
who made them, formed them by hand.#c. [95:5] Ps 24:1–2.
6Enter, let us bow down in worship;
let us kneel before the Lord who made us.
7For he is our God,
we are the people he shepherds,
the sheep in his hands.#d. [95:7–11] Ps 81:8; 106:32; Heb 3:7–11, 15; 4:3, 5, 7.
Oh, that today you would hear his voice:#e. [95:7] Ps 23:1–3; 100:3; Mi 7:14.
8Do not harden your hearts as at Meribah,
as on the day of Massah in the desert.#Meribah: lit., “contention”; the place where the Israelites quarreled with God. Massah: “testing,” the place where they put God to the trial, cf. Ex 17:7; Nm 20:13.
9There your ancestors tested me;
they tried me though they had seen my works.#f. [95:9] Nm 14:22; 20:2–13; Dt 6:16; 33:8.
10Forty years I loathed that generation;
I said: “This people’s heart goes astray;
they do not know my ways.”#g. [95:10] Ps 78:8; Nm 14:34; Dt 32:5.
11Therefore I swore in my anger:
“They shall never enter my rest.”#My rest: the promised land as in Dt 12:9. Heb 4 applies the verse to the eternal rest of heaven.