Sing for joy to God our strength; shout in triumph to the God of Jacob.
References for Psalms 81:1
Lift up a song-play the tambourine, the melodious lyre, and the harp.
References for Psalms 81:2
Blow the horn during the new moon and during the full moon, on the day of our feast.
References for Psalms 81:3
For this is a statute for Israel, a judgment of the God of Jacob.
He set it up as an ordinance for Joseph when He went throughout the land of Egypt. I heard an unfamiliar language:
References for Psalms 81:5
"I relieved his shoulder from the burden; his hands were freed from [carrying] the basket.
References for Psalms 81:6
You called out in distress, and I rescued you; I answered you from the thundercloud. I tested you at the waters of Meribah. Selah
References for Psalms 81:7
Listen, My people, and I will admonish you. Israel, if you would only listen to Me!
There must not be a strange god among you; you must not bow down to a foreign god.
References for Psalms 81:9
I am Yahweh your God, who brought you up from the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.
"But My people did not listen to Me; Israel did not obey Me.
So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own plans.
References for Psalms 81:12
If only My people would listen to Me and Israel would follow My ways,
References for Psalms 81:13
I would quickly subdue their enemies and turn My hand against their foes."
Those who hate the Lord would pretend submission to Him; their doom would last forever.
References for Psalms 81:15
But He would feed Israel with the best wheat. "I would satisfy you with honey from the rock."
References for Psalms 81:16