A Bible Devotion from Psalm 95
They Shall Not Enter My Rest
1 Oh come, let us sing to the LORD! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. 2 Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. 3 For the LORD is the great God, and the great King above all gods. 4 In His hand are the deep places of the earth; the heights of the hills 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 will hear His voice: 8 Do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion, as in the day of trial in the wilderness, 9 When your fathers tested Me; they tried Me, though they saw My work. 10 For forty years I was grieved with that generation, and said, ˜It is a people who go astray in their hearts, and they do not know My ways. 11 So I swore in My wrath, ˜They shall not enter My rest.
Psalm 95, NKJV
The Old Testament is one of the best places to learn about who God really is; and the Psalms is one of the best places to understand the reason we are to praise God. We do not praise God without understanding His true nature and substance. Read verses 1 to 7 and just ponder who God is, and then thank Him because we are His sheep, the people of His pasture.
Verse 8 appears like a dark shadow in the sky, and we understand what displeases God. We also understand that just like not all of the Israelites were true believers, not all people who go to church and claim to be Christians are true Christians. Look at verse 10, ˜It is a people who go astray in their hearts, and they do not know My ways. We only see people on the outside, but God sees the heart, and Christianity is a heart religion. In our heart of hearts do we truly love and serve the Lord Jesus, or is it just a show?
Don't be concerned about what other people see or think of you, but definitely be concerned about what God sees and thinks of you when He looks into your heart.
Pray today that as we learned from Psalm 95 your heart will be pure before God, and that if it is not, you will cry out to God to save you and give you a clean heart.
More Devotions on the 95th Psalm from my blog, Daily Bible Devotions
God of All Creation, verses 1-5
What Went Wrong, verses 6-11