“So I swore in My wrath, they shall not enter My rest.” Psalm 95:11
Psalm 95 is a Psalm of thanksgiving with the Psalmist recognising God’s kindness unto His people and so the call unto Israel to sing praises unto God their Maker: “Come, let us praise the LORD! Let us sing for joy to God, who protects us! Let us come before him with thanksgiving and sing joyful songs of praise.” (Verse 1-2 GNB).
Why? You may ask. “For the LORD is a great God, the great King ruling over all the other ‘gods.’ “ (Verse 3 ERV). From this verse down to verse 7, the psalmist spent a great deal of time exalting God in remembrance of His great act of deliverance of His people from Egypt and His exercise of power over “other gods.” Then again between Verses 6 and 7, the people were again reminded to worship in recognition of His deeds.
But a twist is noticed from verse 8: “Don’t be stubborn and rebel as your ancestors did at Meribah and Msassah out in the desert. For forty years they tested God and saw the things he did.” (CEV).
The rebellion and disobedience of Israel cost most people of that generation their lives. Rather than being thankful to God, they chose to complain and murmur against God expressing their desire to return to Egypt instead of listening to God and accepting the leadership of Moses.
“And I made an oath in my wrath, that they might not come into my place of rest.” They missed God’s rest because of murmuring, complaining and unbelief
We are called to be thankful everyday to God’s love manifest in Christ, His providence, deliverance, etc. We all must develop a lifestyle showing how grateful we are to God by our daily thanksgiving through simple testimonies and songs of worship and praise if we must enter God’s rest and not like people of old.
Many left the Church murmuring and dying in that state of rebellion, anger and disbelief. You must not end up that way. God’s rest is for you! Enter it rejoicing.