Psalm 95 – Make a Joyful Noise

mountains_004Psalms 95 – 100 are six of the psalms from Book 4 that eloquently express the divine kingship of God, and almost all of them urge praise to him in song – the phrase “make a joyful noise” is repeated in some of them.   It is a call to worship that is still appropriate for churches today, and that phrase is used over and over in hymns and religious themes for worship.  This psalm is a celebration of God most high as Creator and God over all.  It is He who owns the mountains, the depths of the Earth, as well as the sea.  The song calls upon the people to bow down and submit to the Maker, as the sheep of His pasture.

But the psalm is also a reminder to Israel and even to God’s people today of the displeasure of the Lord at disobedience, as it recounts how, barely out of the bondage in Egypt, they tested the Lord at Meribah, so quickly had they forgotten His mighty works on their behalf.  The psalm points out that though He spared them, he “loathed  that generation” for forty years, and in His anger He swore that they would not enter the promised land. It was a mistake for them, for those in the time this psalm was written, and for people today to think that because judgment does not come now, it will not ever come.

Read or listen to audio of ESV version of this selection from this link.

/Bob’s boy
some images © V. Gilbert & Arlisle F. Beers

Please note: I did not design the reading plan that I am following in my blog.  All of my comments in this blog, however, are solely my responsibility.  When reading ANY commentary, you should ALWAYS refer first to the scripture, which is God’s unchanging and unfailing word. Reading schedules, as well as a link to the site where you can get the reading plan that I’m currently following for yourself can be found on the “Bible Reading Schedules” page of my website at  For questions and help, please see the “FAQ” and “Summaries” pages there.


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