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|See commentary, Psalms 81-87 | Bible Dictionary | Chronological|
An exhortation to a solemn praising of God.
For the Chief Musician. On an instrument of Gath. By Asaph.
81:1 Sing aloud to God, our strength!
Make a joyful shout to the God of Jacob!
81:2 Raise a song, and bring here the tambourine,
the pleasant lyre with the harp.
81:3 Blow the trumpet at the New Moon,
at the full moon, on our feast day.
God challenges that duty by reason of his benefits.
81:4 For it is a statute for Israel,
an ordinance of the God of Jacob.
81:5 He appointed it in Joseph for a testimony,
when he went out over the land of Egypt,
I heard a language that I didn’t know.
81:6 “I removed his shoulder from the burden.
His hands were freed from the basket.
81:7 You called in trouble, and I delivered you.
I answered you in the secret place of thunder.
I tested you at the waters of Meribah.”
God, exhorting to obedience, complains of their disobedience, which proves their own hurt.
81:8 “Hear, my people, and I will testify to you,
Israel, if you would listen to me!
81:9 There shall be no strange god in you,
neither shall you worship any foreign god.
81:10 I am Yahweh, your God,
who brought you up out of the land of Egypt.
Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.
81:11 But my people didn’t listen to my voice.
Israel desired none of me.
81:12 So I let them go after the stubbornness of their hearts,
that they might walk in their own counsels.
81:13 Oh that my people would listen to me,
that Israel would walk in my ways!
81:14 I would soon subdue their enemies,
and turn my hand against their adversaries.
81:15 The haters of Yahweh would cringe before him,
and their punishment would last forever.
81:16 But he would have also fed them with the finest of the wheat.
I will satisfy you with honey out of the rock.”