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Psalm 95 Feb. 23  1Oh come, let’s sing to Yahweh, let’s shout aloud to the rock of our salvation! 2Let’s come before His presence with thanksgiving, let’s extol Him with songs! 3For Yahweh is a great God, a great King above all gods. 4In His hand are the deep places of the earth; the heights of the mountains are also His. 5The sea is His, and He made it; His hands formed the dry land. 6Oh come, let’s worship and bow down; let’s kneel before Yahweh, our Maker, 7for He is our God. We are the people of His pasture, and the sheep in His care. Today, oh that you would hear His voice! 8Don’t harden your heart, as at Meribah, as in the day of Massah in the wilderness, 9when your fathers tempted Me, tested Me and saw My work. 10Forty long years I was grieved with that generation and said, It is a people that errs in their heart. They have not known My ways. 11Therefore I swore in My wrath, They will not enter into My rest.   


95:7 The urgency of hearing “today” applied to Israel in the wilderness, to the community at the time of Ps. 95, and to the first century believers to whom it is applied specifically in Heb. 3:7,15; 4:7. The urgency of the call continues to our “today”. God’s word has a unique way of speaking to us in a kind of eternal present; as if we were there in the wilderness, in the time of Ps. 95, and in the first century church. 
96:6 Idols are characterized here as being ultimately unable to create anything. Whilst we may not be tempted to worship literal idols, we have many other potential idols in our lives which take us away from God- endless surfing the internet, involvement in social networking, following sport and celebrities, making money, absorbing hobbies. These are uncreative, ultimately; serving God is the only truly creative thing we can do with our lives.