Psalm 95:7, 8 - When You Hear His Voice Do Not Harden Your Heart!

Psalm 95:7, 8 - When You Hear His Voice Do Not Harden Your Heart!

Psalm 95:7-8 (NKJV) ...Today, if you will hear His voice: Do not 
harden your hearts, as in the rebellion...  

Psalm 95:7, 8 (NCV) ...Today listen to what he says: Do not be 
stubborn, as your ancestors...  


Psalm 95 to 100 constitute a group of psalms, in the nature of a 
"festal anthem," intended for thanksgiving in public worship. As such, 
the group exhibits a sort of pendulum structure, the content 
swinging between praise to Jehovah and reasons for that praise. The first 
psalm of the group, Ps. 95, sometimes called The Invitatory Psalm, 
because of its traditional use in the Christian church as a fervent 
invitation to praise, has two distinct parts: an invitation to worship (vv. 
1-7a) and a warning against unbelief and disobedience (vv. 7b-11). 
[SDA Bible Commentary] 

Psalm 95: A Call to Worship and Obedience. 

   God Is Great (1-7a)! This is a call to jubilant worship, not 
just participation in services as usual. He invites us to "shout 
joyfully" and to "kneel before the Lord." Why? Because God is great! He is 
a great Creator and a great King, and we are privileged to be His 
   God Is Grieved (7b-11). The opposite of a worshiping heart 
that pleases the Lord is a hard heart that grieves the Lord. Imagine 
seeing God's wonders and not submitting gladly to Him! The unbelieving 
Jews paid a high price for their sin: they died in the wilderness and 
never entered the Promised Land (Heb.3-4).  
   Do you want to enjoy your life of faith? Then take time to 
see the greatness of God and to praise Him. Do you want to inherit 
all that God has planned for you in this life? Then give yourself to 
worship and praise. A hard heart leads to a hard life, so keep your 
heart tender before God. [Chapter by Chapter Bible Commentary by 
Warren Wiersbe] 


To day. The phrase suggests that it is high time for a momentous 
decision. God's commands and invitations should be obeyed and accepted at 
once. As often as the Christian repeats this psalm, he should realize 
anew the force of the emphatic "to day". As often as he proves 
faithless to God, he should hear anew the gracious "to day," promising him 
forgiveness and restoration. [SDA Bible Commentary] 

Hardening One's Heart is one of the worst choices.one can make, 
because a person is convinced about truth by the Holy Spirit but does 
not want to surrender and follow God's voice (see Ex. 7:13-14, 22 
[Pharaoh's hardening]; 17:1-7 [the incident at Rephidim]; Num. 20:1-13 [one 
of the wilderness experiences]). Such an attitude grieves God 
because in this case He cannot help. He respects our choice and 
decision. [Andrews SB] 


A hardened heart is as useless as a hardened lump of clay or a 
hardened loaf of bread. Nothing can restore it and make it useful. The 
psalmist warns against hardening our hearts as Israel did in the desert 
by continuing to resist God's will (Exodus 17:7). They were so 
convinced that God couldn't deliver them that they simply lost their faith 
in him. When someone's heart becomes hardened, that person is so 
stubbornly set in his ways that he or she cannot turn to God. This does not 
happen all at once; it is the result of a series of choices to 
disregard God's will. If you resist God long enough, God may toss you 
aside like hardened bread, useless and worthless.  [Life Application 

The writer of Hebrews returns to this psalm two times, quoting 
or alluding to it in 3:7-11, 15, and 4:3, 5-11. The psalm recalls 
Israel's refusal during the Exodus to obey God and enter the Promised 
Land. That failure to obey led to 40 years of wandering in a 
wilderness until an entire generation died. This psalm celebrates God as 
the great King. We acknowledge His Lordship by responding when we 
hear His voice. Only by showing respect to God as King and Lord, and 
obeying His voice, can we find rest. [The 365-Day Devotional 

The writer of Hebrews quotes this verse three times in one short 
section of his letter (Heb. 3:7, 8, 15; 4:7) to encourage his readers to 
listen carefully to God and to demonstrate their faith by obeying Him. 
[Life Principles SB By Charles Stanley] 

Christ is ready to set us free from sin, but He does not force 
the will; and if by persistent transgression the will itself is 
wholly bent on evil, and we do not desire to be set free, if we will 
not accept His grace, what more can He do? We have destroyed 
ourselves by our determined rejection of His love. "Behold, now is the 
accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation." "Today if ye will 
hear His voice, harden not your hearts." 2 Corinthians 6:2; Hebrews 
3:7, 8. {SC 34} 


Hebrews 3:7, 8 (KJV) Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day 
if ye will hear his voice, 8 Harden not your hearts, as in the 
provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: 

Hebrews 3:15 (KJV) While it is said, To day if ye will hear his 
voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. 

Hebrews 4:7 (KJV) Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in 
David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will 
hear his voice, harden not your hearts. 

2 Corinthians 6:2 (NKJV) For He says: "In an acceptable time I 
have heard you, And in the day of salvation I have helped you." 
Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.  


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