Harden Not Your Heart

Adoration of the Golden Calf by Nicolas Poussin 1634

We don’t often enough reflect upon the psalm proclaimed at daily Mass. Today’s passage from Psalm 95 is a great example. In it, the psalmist warns us against a faith that mouths praise to the Lord, but fails to hear his voice inside of us.

Come, let us sing joyfully to the LORD;
let us acclaim the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us joyfully sing psalms to him.

Come, let us bow down in worship;
let us kneel before the LORD who made us.
For he is our God,
and we are the people he shepherds, the flock he guides.

Oh, that today you would hear his voice:
“Harden not your hearts as at Meribah,
as in the day of Massah in the desert,
Where your fathers tempted me;
they tested me though they had seen my works.”

 If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

If we are honest with ourselves, we recognize that it is easier and safer to draft our own faith agenda instead of quieting our minds and allowing ourselves to be inspired by the Holy Spirit.  To do so, however, is to harden our hearts against God’s promptings.

Today, let us listen for his voice and harden not our hearts.

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