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2015 May 7

Image 1: Mount Carmel
Image Source: Nikolsky


Image 2: Ghilzai Nomads in Afghanistan (1848)
James Rattray (1818-1854)
Orientalism Style of Academic Art
The British Library - Online Gallery
Image Source: Wikimedia

     Explanation: In Psalm 95 David [Hebrews 4:7] twice calls his readers to worship the LORD, appending various reasons in each of the two stanzas of the Psalm. The first painting reflects the natural glories which the LORD created, mentioned in the first stanza. The second painting shows a small group of nomads. I've chose this to represent the generation which died in the wilderness due to the LORD's judgment. Only two of that generation survived; but a great multitude (perhaps as many as two million) of the second generation entered the Promised Land.

          [ THEMATICALLY AND CHRONOLOGICALLY RELATED SCRIPTURES: Hebrews 4:7. KINGSHIP AND COVENANT PSALMS: Psalm 2. Psalm 18. Psalm 20. Psalm 21. Psalm 24. Psalm 29. Psalm 45. Psalm 47. Psalm 50. Psalm 72. Psalm 81. Psalm 89. Psalm 93. Psalm 95. Psalm 96. Psalm 97. Psalm 98. Psalm 99. Psalm 100. Psalm 101. Psalm 132. Psalm 144. ]

          [ CHRONOLOGY: GENERAL. Patriarchs (Traditional). Judges # 1. Judges # 2. Kings # 1. Kings # 2. Prophets # 1. Prophets # 2. NT # 1. NT # 2. NT # 3. ]

          [ MAPS: Maps # 1. Maps # 2. Maps # 3. Maps # 4. Maps # 5. ]

          [ COMMENTARIES, ETC: GENERAL: Bible Study Tools; Bible Hub: Study Light; Blue Letter Bible // PSALMS: Monergism: Precept Austin: The Treasury of David; John Gill; John Calvin - Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

          [ MUSIC: GENERAL: The Cyber Hymnal // PSALMS: Genevan Psalter (Instrumental). VARIOUS ARTISTS: Psalm 95 - #1. Psalm 95 - #2. Psalm 95 - #3. Psalm 95 - #4. Psalm 95 - #5. Psalm 95 - #6.Psalm 95 - #7. ]

     David invites his readers to join him in singing with a joyful noise (a ringing shout of joy) to the LORD, the rock of our salvation, to come before him with thanksgiving and joy, singing psalms, because the LORD is greater than all gods (1-3). The LORD controls the depths of the earth, the strength of the hills, the sea, and the dry land (4-5). So again David invites us to worship the LORD because he is our God; and we are the sheep of his pasture. We must not harden our hearts as the rebels did in the wilderness and suffered 40 years of judgment, never entering into the LORD's rest (6-11).



Psalms 90-106.

Psalm 95

1 O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.
2 Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.
3 For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.
4 In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also.
5 The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land.

6 O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.
7 For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice,
8 Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness:
9 When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work.
10 Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways:
11 Unto whom I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest.

* NOTE: On Opening and Closing Comments in the Psalms.
[Some commentators take the Psalm in Habakkuk 3 to be a standard model for the Psalms.
Habakkuk's Psalm begins with the name of the composer (Habakkuk) and a musical notation ("upon Shigionoth").
It closes with a dedication or a "send to" notice ("To the chief singer on my stringed instruments").
I have arranged similar material, where it is found in the Psalter, in accord with the model in Habakkuk.]

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