It’s Time to Sing
1Come on, everyone! Let’s sing for joy to the Lord!
Let’s shout our loudest praises to our God who saved us!
2Everyone come meet his face with a thankful heart.
Don’t hold back your praises;
make him great by your shouts of joy!
3For the Lord is the greatest of all,
King-God over all other gods!
4In one hand he holds the mysteries of the earth,
and in the other he holds the highest mountain peaks.
5He’s the owner of every ocean,
the engineer and sculptor of earth itself!
6Come and kneel before this Creator-God;
come and bow before the mighty God, our majestic maker!
7-9For we are those he cares for, and he is the God we worship.
So drop everything else and listen to his voice!
For this is what he’s saying:
“Today, when I speak,
don’t even think about turning a deaf ear to me
like they did when they tested me at Meribah and Massah, # 95:7–9 Meribah means “strife” or “argument.” Massah means “testing.”
the place where they argued with me, their Creator.
Your ancestors challenged me over and over with their complaining,
even though I had convinced them of my power and love.
They still doubted my care for them.
10So for forty long years I was grieved and disgusted by them.
I described them as wicked wanderers
whose hearts would not follow my ways or keep my words.
11So I made a vow in my anger and declared,
‘They will not enter the resting place I’ve planned for them!’
So don’t you ever be hard-hearted or stubborn like they were!”