Sermon 3, last in Psalm 95 series

I have highlighted the threefold communal invitation to “come” closer to God in the three- time use of the verb “come” coupled with “let us.” We’ve looked at the pattern of “Rejoice, Revere, Respond” or “Cheer, Cherish, Change” in the Psalm. In this sermon I look at the last section, where suddenly we find God speaking to us a stern warning accompanied by historic evidence of what happened before when people did not listen. The Psalm makes it clear that we are to expect to hear God speak to us in a communal worship event. And God’s voice and history make clear there are dangers to not heeding, not listening, not letting God be God. The entire bible shows that when God speaks, things happen, things change.

This sermon also explores how worship events are shaped by the building they are held in (courthouses and theatres) and how we tend to think we are the focus. We think it is all about us, just like the Israelities used to. In fact, the focus of worship is God God is the audience and we do well to be concerned that God does become present and God smiles and maybe even applauds our worship.

What this leads to is the equipping of all hearing the sermon with the quip they can use if someone complains about something not being to their satisfaction in worship “Aren’t you glad it is not about you?!”