Psa 81: Worship & be Faithful
the director of music. According to gittith. Of Asaph.
Comments: This intriguing psalm has two distinct parts.
The first part calls Israel to sing and worship and acknowledge
the Lord at the times specified in the Law. Part two is a prophecy
with the Lord calling to Israel to be faithful.]
1: v.1-5: Call to Sung Worship
Call to acclaim the Lord
for joy to God our strength;
shout aloud to the God of Jacob!
Start the music
the music, strike the tambourine,
play the melodious harp and lyre.
May it be on all the special days…
the ram's horn at the New Moon,
and when the moon is full, on the day
of our Feast;
…. as prescribed by the Lord…
is a decree for Israel,
an ordinance of the God of Jacob.
… in times of victory in the past
God went out against Egypt,
he established it as a statute for Joseph.
2: v.5b-16: Prophecy
The Lord calls to Israel to listen
heard an unknown voice say:
removed the burden from their shoulders;
their hands were set free from the basket.
your distress you called and I rescued you,
I answered you out of a thundercloud;
I tested you at the waters of Meribah.
me, my people, and I will warn you –
if you would only listen to me, Israel!
He reminds them of the unique relationship they should have with
shall have no foreign god among you;
you shall not worship any god other than
am the Lord
who brought you up out of Egypt.
Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.
He reminds them how He has had to give them up for their rebellion
my people would not listen to me;
Israel would not submit to me.
I gave them over to their stubborn hearts
to follow their own devices.
He would still be there for them if they turned to Him
my people would only listen to me,
if Israel would only follow my ways,
quickly I would subdue their enemies
and turn my hand against their foes!
Triumph and blessing could be there for them
who hate the Lord
cringe before him,
and their punishment would last for ever.
you would be fed with the finest of wheat;
with honey from the rock I would satisfy
Comments: This psalm is essentially a wakeup call to
Israel, first to worship the Lord and then return to Him with
all their hearts [implied]. It appears to come to Israel at a
time where mediocrity reigns in their relationship with the Lord.]
to Psa 82