Get your crew together. For what? To sing. …sing to who? Sing to the Maker. What kind of singing? …joyful noise (happy, celebratory, free, secure – – – to THE ROCK! The rock? What kind of rock? *The Rock of our salvation! But what if I don’t need saving? …Hmmmmmmmm – well I suppose then you probably wouldn’t be making much of a joyful noise – but for LZ and the other dudes who finally saw relief – they made a joyful noise! Where are we going to be doing this? *In the presence of God! But won’t we be terrified? *Good question – – – we will be thankful, I know that much; and then more of the joyful noise with songs of praise type of stuff!
Because the Lord is a GREAT GOD! …and a Great King above all gods!
In His had are the depths of the earth!
Hold up! …how big is this God!?
Massive! …the heights of the mountains are His also!
“His”? …like you’re saying He owns them? …they belong to Him? He patrols them authoritatively???
Yep! and Yeppers! And… The SEA! …The sea is His, for He made it!
Hold on, there’s more – – – > the dry land (which I realize includes mountains, but you see the reason for making some “dry land distinctions” right?)! His hands formed it all!
I’m not really sure what to do with all of this.
Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker! …for He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand.
We are? We belong to Him? …I don’t know about this. I mean – if you’re telling me this God owns all this other stuff, that’s one thing, but for Him to claim authority and Mastership over MY life, that’s not okay in my book.
Actually, it’s NOT OKAY if you’re NOT His. You’ll be miserable if you’re not His, but in a manner of speaking (a very significant manner) – you’re welcome to try independence and autonomy if you like. Would you like to?
IDK – I’m thinking I might not.
Today if you hear His voice (do you?) do not harden your hearts as at Meribah as on the day at Massah in the wilderness.
PAUSE – tell the story of Meribah & Massah!
…when your fathers put Me to the test and put Me to the proof (*interesting phrase?), though they had seen my work.
- – – > HOW DID GOD FEEL ABOUT ALL THIS?
- For forty years I loathed that generation and said, “They are a people who go astray in their heart, and they have not known My ways.” Therefore I swore in My wrath, “They shall not enter My rest.”
Wow!? – He sounds “mean”?
Now the person who is a person of God’s pasture has the option to reply to this “mean” comment or not…