1 Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD;
let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
2 Let us come before him with thanksgiving
and extol him with music and song.
3 For the LORD is the great God,
the great King above all gods.
4 In his hand are the depths of the earth,
and the mountain peaks belong to him.
5 The sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands formed the dry land.
The Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods – Such statements are often cited as evidence that the faith of the Old Testament is monolatrous (reflecting the worship of Yahweh as the one supreme God within a pantheon of gods), with only occasional glimpses of the monotheism that was fully developed by NT times.
‘Psalms 95, 96 bring the Lord’s kingship into relationship with the ‘gods’ (Psa 95:3; 96:4, 5) and this is their distinctive mark. These psalms are, however, no more a decline from monotheism than is Paul’s assertion about lords and gods many in 1 Corinthians 8:5. Many spiritual forces are abroad in a fallen world—there is even a ‘god of this age’ (2 Cor 4:4)—and since they exercise their delusive magnetism on the Lord’s people also, the reminder in these psalms that he is supreme king (Psa 95:3) and that the ‘gods’ are nonentities (Psa 96:4–5) remains relevant.’ (NBC)
6 Come, let us bow down in worship,
let us kneel before the LORD our Maker;
7 for he is our God
and we are the people of his pasture,
the flock under his care.
Today, if you hear his voice,
8 do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah,
as you did that day at Massah in the desert,
9 where your fathers tested and tried me,
though they had seen what I did.
10 For forty years I was angry with that generation;
I said, “They are a people whose hearts go astray,
and they have not known my ways.”
11 So I declared on oath in my anger,
“They shall never enter my rest.”