Psalm 95:1-7a – In the midst of a national crisis, this psalm would assure people that God is King over all, even when they suffered defeat and even death. (See Psalm 90) The psalm references temple practices such as procession and bowing. The text may have prepared people to hear the reading of God’s Word, such as at the Festival of Booths or Tabernacles.
The format of the Psalm is as follows:
Vv 1-5 A cal to exuberant and joyful worship because God still reigns
Vv 6-11 A stern warning, not to revel as the Israelites did.
This Psalm is the one appointed for this Sunday. Verse 7a is the key verse, “We are the people of his pasture.” Our Savior has promised to shepherd us; we are never in want. Thus we cast our worries and cares into His hands as He orders our days and directs our path. He alone is our good shepherd and king.
Collect for Psalm 95: Almighty God, neither let us go astray as did those who murmured in the desert, nor let us be torn apart by discord. With Jesus as our shepherd, bring us to enjoy the unity for which he prays and to you be the glory and the praise now and forever.