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Psalm 95 speaks to the great majesty of the Lord. However, it makes it absolutely clear that this Lord is “our” Lord. The God of all creation is not only majestic and mighty, but he loves all his creation, and especially his people.
This love of God for his people calls us to thanksgiving. We could be left out without a hope, without redemption, without any of the blessings and care that Jesus has given. We can look at all creation and find a God of power, a God of wonder, a creator who has made things more intricate than we could ever dream. We can find the God who makes the great earthquakes, volcanoes, and the storms, carrying ton after ton of water through the sky effortlessly, then depositing it again where He wants. All those scenes are terrifying. No wonder the pagans would make sacrifice to the gods of the earth and sky. No wonder they would throw young women into the volcano in hopes of calming the angry deities. Before such a powerful ruler we would all be inclined to bow down in fear and wonder.
Yet here we find that God is not merely a God of power. He is the one who has redeemed his people. He is the God who has cared for his creation. He never gives up on his work of blessing, redeeming, and reconciling the world to himself. For all this we are to respond with thanksgiving and praise, for the Lord is “our” God indeed.
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