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Psalm 95[a]

A Call to Praise and Obedience


Come, let us sing joyfully to the Lord;
    cry out to the rock of our salvation.(A)
Let us come before him with a song of praise,
    joyfully sing out our psalms.

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  1. Psalm 95 Twice the Psalm calls the people to praise and worship God (Ps 95:1–2, 6), the king of all creatures (Ps 95:3–5) and shepherd of the flock (Ps 95:7a, 7b). The last strophe warns the people to be more faithful than were their ancestors in the journey to the promised land (Ps 95:7c–11). This invitation to praise God regularly opens the Church’s official prayer, the Liturgy of the Hours.


Enter, let us bow down in worship;
    let us kneel before the Lord who made us.
For he is our God,
    we are the people he shepherds,
    the sheep in his hands.(A)


Oh, that today you would hear his voice:(B)

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    Do not harden your hearts as at Meribah,
    as on the day of Massah in the desert.[a]
There your ancestors tested me;
    they tried me though they had seen my works.(A)

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  1. 95:8 Meribah: lit., “contention”; the place where the Israelites quarreled with God. Massah: “testing,” the place where they put God to the trial, cf. Ex 17:7; Nm 20:13.