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July 24, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“The sea is His, for He made it; and His hands formed the dry land.”—Psalm 95:5 (NKJV)
Tucked inside polar explorer Ernest Shackleton’s Bible was a note given to him by England’s Queen Alexandra. It read, “May the Lord help you to do your duty and guide you through all the dangers by land and sea. May you see the Works of the Lord and all His Wonders in the deep.” Shackleton carried his Bible, along with these words, as he disembarked from his ship The Endurance onto the barren ice, which became his and his crew’s home for several months. According to Shackelton, “We had seen God in His splendors . . .”
The Psalmist who wrote Psalm 95 did not face the frigid landscape the crew of The Endurance did. What the Psalmist did face and present is God’s splendor and sovereignty, which provokes the reader to evaluate and reconstruct his or her own view of God’s hand in creation, including us. As one commentator explains, the reader should pause and consider “the vital matter of worship, [turning] our attention and affection toward God.”
So, let us behold this God who “let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear” (Genesis 1:9 NKJV). All of it is His. This God who owns every beast in the forest and the cattle on a thousand hills would not come to us if He were hungry, for the world is His in all its fullness (Psalm 50:10-12). He is the omnipotent God of the universe and lacks for nothing.
Yet, all He desires, all owed to Him, is our heartfelt worship, a relationship. He invites us to call upon Him in our day of trouble, for He will deliver us; to cast our burdens upon Him for He cares for us (Psalm 50:15; 1 Peter 5:7). He asks us to do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with Him (Micah 6:8). He desires that we demonstrate our love for Him through obedience and faithfulness (1 John 5:2-3; Hebrews 11:6). And from this flow blessings for all who fear the Lord and walk in His ways (Psalm 128:1).
My prayer for us mirrors that of Queen Alexandra and the Psalmist. May the Lord help us as we endeavor to do the duties He has given us. May we appreciate His splendor, knowing He is our sovereign Creator and we belong to Him. Also, may we offer back to God the only thing He truly desires: a relationship with Him.
DIG: Pray for wisdom and then read Psalm 95.
DISCOVER: What stands out to you in this Psalm? Do you see how it is divided into parts? What do these parts address?
DO: Based on how this Psalm speaks to you, is there anything you want to share with God? Why not do that now?
Lisa Supp lives in Utah and has served within the CCFL Web and Prayer Ministry since 2011. She also volunteers as an editor on the CCFL Prayer Wall and is a writer on the Communications Team. Retired from teaching, Lisa and her husband Ron volunteer at their local Calvary Chapel and share a passion for Scripture, apologetics, and education.