Could worship give us peace and rest even in great adversity? Let’s learn from Psalm 95.
Psalm 95 describes many attributes of God. He is the great King above all things. He is our God, who created our mountains, our sea, and our land, and who created us. He saved us, and continues to care for us. V1, 3-7.
In view of who He is, Psalm 95 describes different ways to worship Him. For example, adore Him with emotion by singing joyfully to Him, praising Him and thanking Him. Adore Him with will, by submitting to him, bowing and knelling to Him. And adore Him with intellect, by listening to Him and following Him. V1, 2, 6-8.
Worshipping the wrong object is detrimental. We may think owning some earthly object would make our life perfect. In Harry Potter’s Mirror of Erised, “Erised” is “Desire” spelled backwards. Deeply desiring an earthly object could make it an idol. It would then control us and, ultimately, destroy us.
Psalm 95 ends with declaring the Israelites who left Egypt getting no rest. Believe God as who He is. Believe God accepting us because of Christ, not due to who we are or what we do. This would give us true rest, and we would have peace, even in huge crisis.
Also, Psalm 95 always uses the word “us,” not “me.” Worshipping in a group has its benefits. For example, the group helps each other see God’s different personalities.
Sense the highest beauty, power and love in God.
Then our heart would exalt our great and loving God. We would thank Him, and joyfully sing to Him. We would kneel, bow, and listen to Him.
Dangers and sufferings on earth would cease to control us. The power of evil would dissipate.
In great adversities, we would still have peace, joy, and rest.
Summarized from a Tim Keller sermon.
诗篇95描述了上帝的许多属性。祂是万物之王, 我们的上帝。祂创造了我们的山脉，海洋和土地。祂创造了我们。祂拯救了我们，并继续照顾我们 （诗 95: 1，3-7）。
基于祂是谁，诗篇95描述了不同的方式来敬拜祂。例如用以自己的情感崇拜祂, 向祂歌唱，赞美祂并感谢祂。以自己的意志崇拜祂, 顺服祂，向祂鞠躬跪拜。以自己的才智来崇拜祂, 倾听并跟随祂（诗 95: 1、2、6-8）。
崇拜错误的对象会导致极大的损害。我们也许认为拥有一些尘世的物体可使我们的生活变得完美。 在电影Harry Potter中有一面镜子叫Mirror of Erised，“Erised”是英文单词“Desire” 的倒写。深切地渴望世物可使它成为偶像。 然后它便能控制我们，直到最终摧毁我们。
这样，我们的心会颂扬祂, 感谢祂, 并快乐地向祂歌唱。我们会俯首，跪拜，和聆听祂的话。