Psalm 81

Asaph calls us to make merry, to be wide open to further blessings from the LORD, and to deliberately listen to the LORD.




For the Chief Musician. On an instrument of Gath. By Asaph.


VERSE 1. Sing aloud to God, our strength! Make a joyful shout to the God of Jacob!


VERSE 2. Raise a song, and bring here the tambourine, the pleasant lyre with the harp.


VERSE 3. Blow the shofar at the New Moon, at the full moon, on our feast day.

the shofar. The shofar is made from a ram’s horn.


VERSE 4. For it is a statute for Israel, an ordinance of the God of Jacob.


VERSE 5. He appointed it in Joseph for a covenant, when he went out over the land of Egypt, I heard a language that I didn’t know.


VERSE 6. “I removed his shoulder from the burden. His hands were freed from the basket.


VERSE 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.” Selah.


VERSE 8. “Hear, my people, and I will testify to you, Israel, if you would listen to me!


VERSE 9. There shall be no strange god in you, neither shall you worship any foreign god.


VERSE 10. I am the LORD, your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.

Open your mouth wide. Are you wide open to further blessings from God?

I will fill it. If we are wide open, God can fill us with further blessings.


VERSE 11. But my people didn’t listen to my voice. Israel desired none of me.


VERSE 12. So I let them go after the stubbornness of their hearts, that they might walk in their own counsels.


VERSE 13. Oh that my people would listen to me, that Israel would walk in my ways!

Oh that my people would listen to me. It is sad when we do not listen to God. Do you deliberately listen to the LORD?


VERSE 14. I would soon subdue their enemies, and turn my hand against their adversaries.


VERSE 15. The haters of the LORD would cringe before him, and their punishment would last forever.


VERSE 16. But he would have also fed them with the finest of the wheat. I will satisfy you with honey out of the rock.”


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