O God who avenges! Sometime in life you will need to know that God is a God who avenges! This is the Lord whom you can safely make your fortress, the rock in whom you take refuge. Psalm 95 is a psalm with great thoughts of praise. It also contains a very sober warning.
BELIEF and UNBELIEF.
REST and NO REST.
These are two states and two endpoints, absolutes, that we see in both these Psalms. 94 spends time pointing to the NO REST, as does 95, but with a different slant.
95 v7-8 says, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts,”
In Hebrews 3 this is repeated (twice), as the author speaks of REST and NO REST.
Because, in 95 v11 God says, “Therefore I swore in my wrath, ‘They shall not enter my rest.'”
And interestingly, Meribah is where Moses STRUCK the rock instead of speaking to it (we revisited this a couple of psalms ago).
But Hebrews gets right to heart of it, 3 v19 says, “So we see that they were unable to enter because of unbelief.”
Enter what? God’s rest!
Why? Because of unbelief!
Chapter 4 of Hebrews goes on to draw direct links with the creation order, the 7th day that God rested on and blessed – Looking forward to our eternal rest with Him (Rev 21).
And so we hear this evangelistic cry from David (Heb 4 confirms it was he who wrote this one) – TODAY, IF YOU HEAR HIS VOICE, DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS,”
This is for us to cry to those around us, and for us to make sure for ourselves. Because the endpoint is so important.
That we walk in BELIEF, not UNBELIEF. That we enter REST not NO REST.
The cry is, Turn to Jesus! He saves us from unbelief and brings us into His rest.
Hallelujah, what a Saviour!