Monday, January 26, 2015
Psalm for Sunday, February 1, 2015
Psalm 95: 1-2, 6-7, 7-9 (Read)
“If today you hear His voice, harden not your hearts.”
Today's Psalm is about obeying and worshiping God.
We are urged to bow down in worship before our God,
whose sheep we are (remember we are His
well-tended flock). We are instructed to be alert
for His voice and to be receptive to His teachings
(we need to be good listeners).
We are not to harden our hearts or test the Lord
(as the Israelites did at Meribah). We are to humble
ourselves and open our hearts to the Lord
(having done so we are set free).
Then we are no longer constrained by the
things of this world, and we can be open to His
love and His teachings.
Moses prophesied that the Lord would speak to us
through one of our own kind (Deuteronomy 18:18).
So we had better listen to God’s son, Jesus, who
became one of us so that we could be more like Him.
His works should be sufficient to convince us of His
saving power and grace.
St Paul tells us we need to be free from anxiety and
distractions (1 Corinthians 7:32). This is not an easy
thing to do when we are caught up in the things of
the world. We would all benefit from an authoritative
cleansing of our hearts, and a removal of unclean
forces that distract us from hearing the voice of
the Lord. Then we can make room for Jesus
to fill our hearts and remain in us.
Discussion Questions for Reflection
1. Our psalmist encourages us not to harden our hearts if we hear
God's voice. Do you find it difficult sometimes to carry out God's will
in your life even if you believe He is speaking to you? Give an example.
2. The psalm reminds us that we are like sheep and the Lord is our shepherd.
Are you willing to be just an ordinary sheep among His flock? If so, what
does it mean to you to be shepherded by the Lord?