What do you spend most of your time thinking about? As you sit in class at school, where do your thoughts go? Is it the game that’s coming up? Are you dreaming of next summer at Camp? The boy/girl you’re trying to get to notice you? The car you want? Whatever consumes your thoughts also consumes your heart.
Read Psalm 95:1-8. Chew on verse 6.
What reasons to praise the Lord does the psalmist give us in verses 3-5?
The psalmist speaks about the “depths of the earth . . . the mountain peaks . . . the sea . . . the dry land.” What does this signify?
What does bowing down to worship the Lord symbolize?
Have you ever hardened your heart to the things of God? Why? When? What happened?
What things of God is your heart hardened toward right now? Why?
This passage describes worshiping God in a variety of ways for many reasons. What are some reasons you can praise God today?
What steps will you take to praise and worship Him right now?
Today’s passage of Scripture is a call to worship. The psalmist reminds his readers that God is the Creator of all things, from the deepest valleys and seas to the highest mountains. The psalmist calls us to recognize God for who He is, the great God above all others who deserves all of our praise.
But God also wants our hearts to be obedient to Him. He wants us to have submissive attitudes and hearts completely surrendered to His will for our lives. Praise Him today. Ask Him to help you completely surrender your heart and your mind as you give Him all that you are out of your love and devotion for your King.
Come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. —Psalm 95:6