Today’s Psalm 95 begins on a high note but descends into minor chords of melancholy.
Songs of praise are traditionally upbeat, giving expression to high emotions associated with relief and exuberance, assured of the benevolence of a Creator who has offered provision and protection even in tough times.
The composer of this Psalm however, remembers that the Holy One is not impressed with such gestures. Lives, attitudes and actions in the world need to be consistent with praises in the Temple.
His sombre plea as his song closes is that the people do not repeat the bitter mean-spiritedness of their ancestors who complained in the desert, even though God’s provision and protection were daily evident.
Strive to live an attitude of gratitude could well be his meaning.