Psalms 95

PSALM 95

Psalms 95:1-11 . David ( Hebrews 4:7 ) exhorts men to praise God for His greatness, and warns them, in God's words, against neglecting His service.

1. The terms used to express the highest kind of joy.
rock--a firm basis, giving certainty of salvation ( Psalms 62:7 ).

2. come . . . presence--literally, "approach," or, meet Him ( Psalms 17:13 ).

3. above . . . gods--esteemed such by men, though really nothing ( Jeremiah 5:7 , 10:10-15 ).

4, 5. The terms used describe the world in its whole extent, subject to God.

6. come--or, "enter," with solemn forms, as well as hearts.

7. This relation illustrates our entire dependence (compare Psalms 23:3 , 74:1 ). The last clause is united by Paul ( Hebrews 3:7 ) to the following (compare Psalms 81:8 ),

8-11. warning against neglect; and this is sustained by citing the melancholy fate of their rebellious ancestors, whose provoking insolence is described by quoting the language of God's complaint ( Numbers 14:11 ) of their conduct at Meribah and Massah, names given ( Exodus 17:7 ) to commemorate their strife and contention with Him ( Psalms 78:18 Psalms 78:41 ).

10. err in their heart--Their wanderings in the desert were but types of their innate ignorance and perverseness.
that they should not--literally, "if they," &c., part of the form of swearing (compare Numbers 14:30 , Psalms 89:35 ).

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