Chapter 95

For the expounding of this psalm we may borrow a great deal of light from the apostle’s discourse, Heb. 3:1-4:16; where it appears both to have been penned by David and to have been calculated for the days of the Messiah; for it is there said expressly (Heb. 4:7) that the day here spoken of (Ps. 95:7) is to be understood of the gospel day, in which God speaks to us by his Son in a voice which we are concerned to hear, and proposes to us a rest besides that of Canaan. In singing psalms it is intended, I. That we should “make melody unto the Lord;” this we are here excited to do, and assisted in doing, being called upon to praise God (Ps. 95:1, 2) as a great God (Ps. 95:3-5) and as our gracious benefactor, Ps. 95:6, 7. II. That we should teach and admonish ourselves and one another; and we are here taught and warned to hear God’s voice (Ps. 95:7), and not to harden our hearts, as the Israelites in the wilderness did (Ps. 95:8, 9), lest we fall under God’s wrath and fall short of his rest, as they did, Ps. 95:10, 11. This psalm must be sung with a holy reverence of God’s majesty and a dread of his justice, with a desire to please him and a fear to offend him.