Issue #662 ~ May 3, 2021

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Shout Aloud to the Rock!
"Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation."
Psalm 95:1
J. Vernon McGee says: "Psalm 95 is just a delightful hymn of praise."

James Boice says: "Psalm 95 tells us how to worship. Indeed, it does more. It is a call to worship; it explains how and why we should worship; and it warns of what can happen if we do not worship but harden our hearts instead."

Com, let's respond to the invitation in verse 1.

Verse 1: "Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation."

The words "let us" appears 2 times here in verse 1: (1) "let us sing for joy to the Lord" and (2) "let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation."

The key phrases are: (1) "sing for joy" and (2) "shout aloud."

The Bible Knowledge Commentary says: "[The Lord] is designated here as the Rock of our salvation, a figure of God's provision of security by delivering His people." (862)

Phillip says: "What a wonderful name of God! 'The rock of our salvation.' Such is His fame! Well might we sing:
Oh safe to the Rock that is higher than I,
My soul in its conflicts and sorrows would fly;
So sinful, so weary, Thine, Thine would I be:
Thou blest 'Rock of Ages' I'm hiding in Thee.

Psalm 62:1-2: "My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken" (NIV).

Psalm 61:2: "From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I" (NIV).

Leslie Brandt paraphrases these opening verses: "Let us begin this day with singing. Whether we feel like it or not, let us make glad sounds and force our tongues to articulate words of thanksgiving and praise."

Psalm 147:1: "Praise the Lord. How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him!" (NIV).

Amy Carmichael says: "If only all who love our dear Lord are ready to answer the call, "O Come, let us adore Him,' then there will be pure worship, pure adoration." (Whispers of His Power, 57)

Jack Hayford says: "As you ask the Lord to teach you more and more about the tireless, ongoing spirit of praise, it will change your circumstances, and it will change you!" (Praise in the Presence of God, 38)

Luke 15:10 says: "...there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents" (NIV).

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Praises & Prayer Requests

1.  Pray: There is no one holy like the Lord; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God. 1 Samuel 2:2 (NIV)
2.  Pray: He said: "The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior - from violent men you save me. 2 Samuel 22:2,3 (NIV)
3.  Praise: May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14 (NIV)

5.  Pray: Request from prison inmates continue to come in for Bibles and related study material. If God directs you, please give to purchase Bibles and send to prison inmates.
Let's conclude our worship today by singing joyfully that wonderful hymn "Ring the Bells of Heaven":
Ring the bells of heaven - there is joy today
For a soul returning from the wild!
See, the Father meets him out upon the way.
Welcoming His weary, wand'ring child.

Ring the bells of heaven - spread the feast today!
Angels, swell the glad triumphant strain!
Tell the joyful tidings; bear them far away,
For a precious soul is born again.

Glory! glory! how the angels sing!
Glory! glory! how the loud harps ring!
'Tis the ransomed army, like a mighty sea,
Pealing forth the anthem of the free.
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) 

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