December 09, 2002 Copyright © by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
- 1 Come, let us sing joyfully to the LORD; cry out to the rock of our salvation.
- Let us greet him with a song of praise, joyfully sing out our psalms.
- For the LORD is the great God, the great king over all gods,
- Whose hand holds the depths of the earth; who owns the tops of the mountains.
- The sea and dry land belong to God, who made them, formed them by hand.
- Enter, let us bow down in worship; let us kneel before the LORD who made us.
- For this is our God, whose people we are, God's well-tended flock. Oh, that today you would hear his voice:
- 2 Do not harden your hearts as at Meribah, as on the day of Massah in the desert.
- There your ancestors tested me; they tried me though they had seen my works.
- Forty years I loathed that generation; I said: "This people's heart goes astray; they do not know my ways."
- 3 Therefore I swore in my anger: "They shall never enter my rest."
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1 [Psalm 95] Twice the psalm calls the people to praise and worship God (Psalm 95:1-2, 6), the king of all creatures (Psalm 95:3-5) and shepherd of the flock (Psalm 95:7a, 7b). The last strophe warns the people to be more faithful than were their ancestors in the journey to the promised land (Psalm 95:7c-11). This invitation to praise God regularly opens the Church's official prayer, the Liturgy of the Hours.
2  Meribah: literally, "contention"; the place where the Israelites quarreled with God. Massah: "testing," the place where they put God to the trial. Cf Exodus 17:7; Numbers 20:13.
3  My rest: the promised land as in Deut 12:9. Hebrews 4 applies the verse to the eternal rest of heaven.
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