“For you, Lord, are a great God.”

Psalm 95

Yesterday we visited the Israelites in the wilderness as they complained about the lack of water. After God slaked their thirst, we learned that Moses called that place Massah and Meribah, for, as the text says, the Israelites quarreled and tested the Lord, saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?” Today’s Psalm recalls that incident. It seems that God was sensitive about those who tested the Lord.
Yet the majority of the Psalm, the first seven verses, is so upbeat that it has become the principal song in the service of Morning Prayer: “Come, let us sing to the Lord, let us shout for joy to the rock of our salvation.” Even though the memory and reality of wilderness remains, it is remembered in the broader, more
uplifting context of praise and thanksgiving. It is appropriate to recollect our past and anticipate the future. But in the present it is right to sing the song: “For you, Lord, are a great God.”
O Lord, memory of the past is rich and hope for the future is uplifting. In the present, however, we joyfully sing the song, for we are the people of your pasture and the sheep of your hand. Amen.
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