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Held Tightly, Yet Gently

You’re my Rock,
my place of safety.

You hold the earth,
and me within it,
tightly,
yet gently.

You carefully,
lovingly,
formed this earth
and placed me in it.

You know each blade of grass,
each contour of the hills,
each cell of my body
and you watch over it.

So I come,
in realisation,
in thankfulness,
in praise.

There are days for questions,
for shouting,
for anger;
but today is a day of praise.
I lift my heart and soul to you.
To worship you,
not just from where I am today,
but from the very depth of my being.

Thank you for your gentle,
tender,
yet strong
hold on me.
When my hold on you
is not so strong,
my I remember
your strength
and care:
your love
and tenderness;
your watching
and your promise.

And hold on to that
as you hold on to me.

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Psalm 95:1-7 (CEV)

Worship and Obey the Lord

95 Sing joyful songs to the Lord!
    Praise the mighty rock
    where we are safe.
Come to worship him
with thankful hearts
    and songs of praise.

The Lord is the greatest God,
    king over all other gods.
He holds the deepest part
    of the earth in his hands,
    and the mountain peaks
    belong to him.
The ocean is the Lord’s
    because he made it,
    and with his own hands
    he formed the dry land.

Bow down and worship
    the Lord our Creator!
The Lord is our God,
    and we are his people,
    the sheep he takes care of
    in his own pasture.

Listen to God’s voice today!

Doing what you’re told

Psalm 95

Worship and Obey the LORD

1Sing joyful songs to the LORD!Praise the mighty rock

where we are safe.

2Come to worship him

with thankful hearts

and songs of praise.

3The LORD is the greatest God,

king over all other gods.

4He holds the deepest part

of the earth in his hands,

and the mountain peaks

belong to him.

5The ocean is the Lord’s

because he made it,

and with his own hands

he formed the dry land.

6Bow down and worship

the LORD our Creator!

7The LORD is our God,

and we are his people,

the sheep he takes care of

in his own pasture.

Listen to God’s voice today!

8Don’t be stubborn and rebel

as your ancestors did

at Meribah and Massah out in the desert.

9For forty years

they tested God

and saw

the things he did.

10Then God got tired of them

and said,

“You never show good sense,

and you don’t understand

what I want you to do.”

11In his anger, God told them,

“You people will never enter

my place of rest.”

There are rules about going on a journey.  The Railway Byelaws, for example, make fascinating reading – apparently!

So journeying with God is not just about having a great time, praising and worshipping him, exploring where he’s taking us – obedience has to come into it too.

Obedience is one of those words that has got a bad reputation.  It’s really not the done thing for anyone to tell anyone else what to do.  But unless there are some rules everything can get very confusing and even dangerous.  What would happen if we all climbed into our cars and made up the rule as we went along?  It would not be very long before there was a collision.

And so, in this Psalm, yes we are invited to worship God, to thank him for all the amazing things he has done and will do – to enjoy the view if you like; so we are also reminded to listen to his voice – and having heard what he says, to not to be stubborn, not to rebel, and not to test God.

If God is anything, he is the one who knows the rules – he made them.  Returning back to Genesis – there was just one rule – and look where disobeying that has got us.  If we are going to trust God, then we have to trust him to know what is best, and follow it.  Popular or not, that is the way to successful travelling.

God leads, he protects, he holds it all in his hand – what’s not to trust?

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Lord you know

that I’m, not always good at doing what I’m told.

I like to do things my way,

in my time.

But I know really

that you know best,

so help me to turn my belief to trust

and my trust to action

and obedience