Psalm 81 is a compelling mix of jubilant worship and cautionary counsel. It opens with a burst of musical celebration, calling Israel to sing praises to God, their mighty deliverer. Yet, the tone shifts as God's voice emerges, lamenting the people's disobedience and recounting the history of His providence. The psalmist emphasizes the missed blessings that result from disregarding God's commandments, suggesting that obedience unlocks a life filled with sustenance and victory. In its entirety, Psalm 81 serves as both a song of celebration and a reminder of the conditional nature of divine blessings.

Psalms 81

1  (To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm of Asaph.) Sing aloud unto God our strength: make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob.

2  Take a psalm, and bring hither the timbrel, the pleasant harp with the psaltery.

3  Blow up the trumpet in the new moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn feast day.

4  For this was a statute for Israel, and a law of the God of Jacob.

5  This he ordained in Joseph for a testimony, when he went out through the land of Egypt: where I heard a language that I understood not.

6  I removed his shoulder from the burden: his hands were delivered from the pots.

7  Thou calledst in trouble, and I delivered thee; I answered thee in the secret place of thunder: I proved thee at the waters of Meribah. Selah.

8  Hear, O my people, and I will testify unto thee: O Israel, if thou wilt hearken unto me;

9  There shall no strange god be in thee; neither shalt thou worship any strange god.

10  I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.

11  But my people would not hearken to my voice; and Israel would none of me.

12  So I gave them up unto their own hearts' lust: and they walked in their own counsels.

13  Oh that my people had hearkened unto me, and Israel had walked in my ways!

14  I should soon have subdued their enemies, and turned my hand against their adversaries.

15  The haters of the LORD should have submitted themselves unto him: but their time should have endured for ever.

16  He should have fed them also with the finest of the wheat: and with honey out of the rock should I have satisfied thee.

End of Psalms 81

1 Year Plan:  Jul 15 - Neh 4, Neh 5,  Ps 81 [next day]

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