Psalm 95 aptly describes how the sovereignty of God ought to have a distinct and practical two-pronged impact upon your life today. First, the greatness of the King above all gods ought to impact your heart so that it bursts forth with joyous praise (vv. 1-5) and reverent worship (vv. 6-7). Second, the sovereignty of our great Shepherd ought to impact your will so that it yields in eager, prompt, and complete obedience (vv. 8-11). Today is the day that God’s voice ought to be obeyed (v. 7).
Delaying your obedience to the will of the sovereign God has been tried repeatedly throughout human history, and it has NEVER ended well. One of the many examples that could be cited is the time when the nation of Israel failed to obey God’s command to take the Promised Land when led by Moses. As always, it was a colossal failure. “Do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion, as in the day of trial in the wilderness, when your fathers tested Me; they tried Me, though they saw My work. For forty years I was grieved with that generation and said, ‘It is a people who go astray in their hearts, and they do not know My ways.’ So, I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest’” (vv. 8-11). And, they did not enter His rest.
The sovereignty of God is not some esoteric theory which is devoid of all real-world usefulness. The weight of this profound and practical truth ought to impact every today of your life. Because of Jehovah’s sovereignty, He deserves our joyous praise and reverent worship today. Because of Jehovah’s sovereignty, He deserves your prompt and precise obedience today.
Tomorrow does not cut it.