Psalm 95: Praying Through The Psalms

O come, let us sing for joy 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 (Psalms 95:1-2)

Heavenly Father, you are the rock of our salvation—a firm foundation by which we stand. We use our voices to give you glory. The Hebrew word for singing joyfully is נָ֝רִ֗יעָה (nariah), which means to shout in triumph. There is victory in your powerful name. No matter how difficult circumstances in life become, we can always trust in you, our rock and redeemer.

For the Lord is a great God and a great King above all gods, in whose hand are the depths of the earth, the peaks of the mountains are His also. The sea is His, for it was He who made it, and His hands formed the dry land (Psalms 95:3-5).

Everlasting God, you are the King of kings and the Lord of lords. You are our Creator. We are your creation. Our entire life is contingent upon your mercy and grace. You hold the entire universe in your hands—the depths of the earth, the peaks of the mountains, and the oceans all belong to you.

Holy Lord, you are the potter and we are the clay. You molded and fashioned the world by your infinite wisdom. You breathed into our nostrils the breath of life, and we became living beings. Praise be to your glorious name.

Come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel down before the Lord our Maker. For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand. Today, if you would hear His voice, do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah, as in the day of Massah in the wilderness, when your fathers tested me, they tried me, though they had seen my work (Psalms 95:6-9).

Creator God, it is noble and good for us to worship and bow down before you. The Hebrew word for bowing down, וְנִכְרָ֑עָה, illustrates one who kneels in reverence, sinking down to one’s knees. This verb declares you as the sovereign king and Lord over our lives.

Dear God, you are the Good Shepherd. You protect us from danger. As sheep, we often go astray. But when we listen to your voice and heed to your instructions, we will be full of joy and peace. Humble us so we don’t harden our hearts like our forefathers did in the wilderness. Remind us of their mistakes so that we will not repeat them. Please Lord, grant us mercy and favor from this day and forevermore.

For forty years I loathed that generation, and said they are a people who err in their heart, and they do not know my ways. Therefore, I swore in my anger, truly they shall not enter into My rest (Psalms 95:10-11).

Righteous King, you are slow to anger and steadfast in mercy. When we confess our sins, you are faithful and just to forgive us of all our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. You are a patient and kind Judge.

However, when we become stubborn and refuse to turn from our wicked ways, you will judge us. For you can’t tolerate sin. You must punish any act that defies your just and righteous ways. This is why you took on human flesh and died for the sins of the world. You, who knew no sin, became sin for us, so that we might receive the righteousness of God by faith. May we cling to your grace and trust in Jesus alone for salvation. Amen!

Scripture taken from the New American Standard Bible

Prayer Commentary by Chad A. Damitz, Master of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

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