Psalm 95 (Listen)

95:1   Oh come, let us sing to the LORD;
    let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
  Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
    let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
  For the LORD is a great God,
    and a great King above all gods.
  In his hand are the depths of the earth;
    the heights of the mountains are his also.
  The sea is his, for he made it,
    and his hands formed the dry land.
  Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
    let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!
  For he is our God,
    and we are the people of his pasture,
    and the sheep of his hand.
  Today, if you hear his voice,
    do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah,
    as on the day at Massah in the wilderness,
  when your fathers put me to the test
    and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work.
10   For forty years I loathed that generation
    and said, “They are a people who go astray in their heart,
    and they have not known my ways.”
11   Therefore I swore in my wrath,
    “They shall not enter my rest.”


Do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah, as on the day at Massah in the wilderness (Psalm 95:8).

The Bible is filled with examples of what to do and what not to do. The Psalmist gives an example of what not to do when he references how the Israelites in the wilderness did not listen but rather hardened their hearts in rebellion. Meribah means “quarreling” and Massah means “testing.” These are times when the Israelites rebelled against God. The writer of Hebrews quotes this Psalm in Hebrews 3 to make this point — just as the Israelites did in the wilderness and  just as the Psalmist warned against in his day is just what the Jewish Christians were being warned of. This truth reminds us as well that we cannot ignore God when we know He is speaking to us. May we learn from the Israelites’ mistake so we will not go astray. Did you ever have a time when you felt God was directing you but you chose to ignore Him and do your own thing?