Psalm 95:1
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New International Version
Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.

New Living Translation
Come, let us sing to the LORD! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.

English Standard Version
Oh come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!

New American Standard Bible
O come, let us sing for joy to the LORD, Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation.

King James Bible
O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Come, let us shout joyfully to the LORD, shout triumphantly to the rock of our salvation!

International Standard Version
Come! Let us sing joyfully to the LORD! Let us shout for joy to the rock of our salvation.

NET Bible
Come! Let's sing for joy to the LORD! Let's shout out praises to our protector who delivers us!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Come, we will glorify Lord Jehovah and we will sing to our God the Savior!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Come, let's sing joyfully to the LORD. Let's shout happily to the rock of our salvation.

Jubilee Bible 2000
O come, let us bring joy unto the LORD; let us sing with joy unto the rock of our saving health.

King James 2000 Bible
O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.

American King James Version
O come, let us sing to the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.

American Standard Version
Oh come, let us sing unto Jehovah; Let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Come let us praise the Lord with joy: let us joyfully sing to God our saviour.

Darby Bible Translation
Come, let us sing aloud to Jehovah, let us shout for joy to the rock of our salvation;

English Revised Version
O COME, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.

Webster's Bible Translation
O come, let us sing to the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.

World English Bible
Oh come, let's sing to Yahweh. Let's shout aloud to the rock of our salvation!

Young's Literal Translation
Come, we sing to Jehovah, We shout to the rock of our salvation.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

95:1-7 Whenever we come into God's presence, we must come with thanksgiving. The Lord is to be praised; we do not want matter, it were well if we did not want a heart. How great is that God, whose the whole earth is, and the fulness thereof; who directs and disposes of all!, The Lord Jesus, whom we are here taught to praise, is a great God; the mighty God is one of his titles, and God over all, blessed for evermore. To him all power is given, both in heaven and earth. He is our God, and we should praise him. He is our Saviour, and the Author of our blessedness. The gospel church is his flock, Christ is the great and good Shepherd of believers; he sought them when lost, and brought them to his fold.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 1. - O come, let us sing unto the Lord. From this opening phrase, which finds an echo in vers. 2 and 6, this psalm has been called "The Invitatory Psalm." As it invited the Jews, so it now invites Christian congregations, to join in the worship of the sanctuary. Let us make a joyful noise to the Rock of our salvation (comp. Psalm 33:3; Psalm 98:4). Loudness of voice was regarded as indicating earnestness of heart (see 2 Chronicles 20:19; Ezra 3:13; Nehemiah 12:42, etc.). The expression, "Rock of our salvation" is taken from Deuteronomy 32:15 (comp. 2 Samuel 22:47; Psalm 89:26). It is well paraphrased in our Prayer book Version, "the strength of our salvation."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

O come, let us sing unto the Lord,.... To Jehovah the Messiah, the Lord our righteousness; setting forth, in songs of praise, the glory of his person, the riches of his grace, and our thankfulness to him for spiritual mercies by him: Christ is to be the subject of our spiritual songs, and is the person to whose honour and glory they should be directed: in the New Testament we are instructed to sing unto the Lord, the Lord Christ, Ephesians 5:19, and this is what Pliny (a) tells Trajan, the Roman emperor, the Christians in his time did; they sung a hymn to Christ, as to a God:

let us make a joyful noise to the Rock of our salvation; to Christ, the Rock, 1 Corinthians 10:4, a Rock, for height, being higher than the saints, than the kings of the earth, than the angels in heaven, than the heavens themselves; for strength, being the mighty God, and mighty Saviour; for shelter, being the saints security from avenging justice and wrath to come: a Rock, on which the church and all believers are built, and which endures for ever; "the Rock of salvation", being the author of spiritual and eternal salvation, and the strength and security of it; not only is he strong to do it, but, being done by him, it is safe in him; wherefore shouts of joy and songs of praise are due unto him. This shows that vocal singing is meant, singing with an harmonious and musical voice; and that social singing, or singing in concert together, is intended. The Septuagint renders it, "to God our Saviour", Luke 1:47.

(a) Ep. l. 10. Ephesians 97.

The Treasury of David

1 O come, let us sing unto the Lord, let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.

2 Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.

3 For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.

4 In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also.

5 The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land.

Psalm 95:1

"O come, let us sing unto the Lord." Other nations sing unto their gods, let us sing unto Jehovah. We love him, we admire him, we reverence him, let us express our feelings with the choicest sounds, using our noblest faculty for its noblest end. It is well thus to urge others to magnify the Lord, but we must be careful to set a worthy example ourselves, so that we may be able not only to cry "Come," but also to add "let us sing," because we are singing ourselves. It is to be feared that very much even of religious singing is not unto the Lord, but unto the ear of the congregation above all things we must in our service of song take care that all we offer is with the heart's sincerest and most fervent intent directed towards the Lord himself. "Let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation." With holy enthusiasm let us sing, making a sound which shall indicate our earnestness; with abounding joy let us lift up our voices, actuated by that happy and peaceful spirit which trustful love is sure to foster. As the children of Israel sang for joy when the smitten rock poured forth its cooling streams, so let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. The author of this song had in his mind's eye the rock, the tabernacle, the Red Sea, and the mountains of Sinai, and he alludes to them all in this first part of his hymn. God is our abiding, immutable, and mighty rock, and in him we find deliverance and safety, therefore it becomes us to praise him with heart and with voice from day to day; and especially should we delight to do this when we assemble as his people for public worship.

"Come let us to the Lord sing out

With trumpet voice and choral shout."

Psalm 95:2

"Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving." Here is probably a reference to the peculiar presence of God in the Holy of Holies above the mercy-seat, and also to the glory which shone forth out of the cloud which rested above the tabernacle. Everywhere God is present, but there is a peculiar presence of grace and glory into which men should never come without the profoundest reverence. We may make bold to come before the immediate presence of the Lord - for the voice of the Holy Ghost in this Psalm invites us, and when we do draw near to him we should remember his great goodness to us and cheerfully confess it. Our worship should have reference to the past as well as to the future; if we do not bless the Lord for what we have already received, how can we reasonably look for more. We are permitted to bring our petitions, and therefore we are in honour bound to bring our thanksgivings. "And make a joyful noise unto him with Psalms." We should shout as exultingly as those do who triumph in war, and as solemnly as those whose utterance is a Psalm. It is not always easy to unite enthusiasm with reverence, and it is a frequent fault to destroy one of these qualities while straining after the other. The perfection of singing is that which unites joy with gravity, exultation with humility, fervency with sobriety. The invitation given in Psalm 95:1 is thus repeated in the second with the addition of directions, which indicate more fully the intent of the writer. One can imagine David in earnest tones persuading his people to go up with him to the worship of Jehovah with sound of harp and hymn, and holy delight. The gladsomeness of his exhortation is noteworthy, the noise is to be joyful; this quality he insists upon twice. It is to be feared that this is too much overlooked in ordinary services, people are so impressed with the idea that they ought to be serious that they put on the aspect of misery, and quite forget that joy is as much a characteristic of true worship as solemnity itself.

Psalm 95:3

"For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods." No doubt the surrounding nations imagined Jehovah to be a merely local deity, the god of a small nation, and therefore one of the inferior deities; the Psalmist utterly repudiates such an idea. Idolaters tolerated gods many and lords many, giving to each a certain measure of respect; the monotheism of the Jews was not content with this concession, it rightly claimed for Jehovah the chief place, and the supreme power. He is great, for he is all in all; he is a great King above all other powers and dignitaries, whether angels or princes, for they owe their existence to him; as for the idol gods, they are not worthy to be mentioned. This verse and the following supply some of the reasons for worship, drawn from the being, greatness, and sovereign dominion of the Lord.

Psalm 95:4

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Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

PSALM 95

Ps 95:1-11. David (Heb 4:7) exhorts men to praise God for His greatness, and warns them, in God's words, against neglecting His service.

1. The terms used to express the highest kind of joy.

rock—a firm basis, giving certainty of salvation (Ps 62:7).

Psalm 95:1 Additional Commentaries
Context
Shout Aloud to the Rock of Our Salvation!
1O come, let us sing for joy to the LORD, Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation. 2Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving, Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.…
Cross References
Numbers 10:29
Now Moses said to Hobab son of Reuel the Midianite, Moses' father-in-law, "We are setting out for the place about which the LORD said, 'I will give it to you.' Come with us and we will treat you well, for the LORD has promised good things to Israel."

Psalm 66:1
For the director of music. A song. A psalm. Shout for joy to God, all the earth!

Psalm 81:1
For the director of music. According to gittith. Of Asaph. Sing for joy to God our strength; shout aloud to the God of Jacob!

Psalm 89:26
He will call out to me, 'You are my Father, my God, the Rock my Savior.'

Psalm 100:1
A psalm. For giving grateful praise. Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.

Psalm 147:7
Sing to the LORD with grateful praise; make music to our God on the harp.
Treasury of Scripture

O come, let us sing to the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.

come

Psalm 34:3 O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.

Psalm 66:8 O bless our God, you people, and make the voice of his praise to be heard:

Psalm 107:8,15,21 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful …

Psalm 117:1 O praise the LORD, all you nations: praise him, all you people.

Psalm 118:1 O give thanks to the LORD; for he is good: because his mercy endures for ever.

Psalm 136:1-3 O give thanks to the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endures for ever…

Psalm 148:11-13 Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth…

Psalm 150:6 Let every thing that has breath praise the LORD. Praise you the LORD.

sing

Psalm 47:6,7 Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises to our King, sing praises…

Psalm 66:1,2 Make a joyful noise to God, all you lands…

Psalm 81:1 Sing aloud to God our strength: make a joyful noise to the God of Jacob.

Psalm 96:1,2 O sing to the LORD a new song: sing to the LORD, all the earth…

Psalm 101:1 I will sing of mercy and judgment: to you, O LORD, will I sing.

Exodus 15:1,21 Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song to the LORD, …

1 Chronicles 16:9 Sing to him, sing psalms to him, talk you of all his wondrous works.

Ephesians 5:19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing …

Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching …

Revelation 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, You are worthy to take the book, …

Revelation 14:3 And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before …

Revelation 15:3 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song …

let us make

Psalm 66:1 Make a joyful noise to God, all you lands:

Psalm 98:4-8 Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, …

Psalm 100:1 Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all you lands.

Ezra 3:11-13 And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks to …

Isaiah 12:4-6 And in that day shall you say, Praise the LORD, call on his name, …

Jeremiah 33:11 The voice of joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, …

Matthew 21:9 And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, …

Revelation 19:6 And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the …

the rock

Psalm 89:26 He shall cry to me, You are my father, my God, and the rock of my salvation.

Deuteronomy 32:15 But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: you are waxen fat, you are grown …

2 Samuel 22:47 The LORD lives; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of …

1 Corinthians 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that …

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