Psalm 81

A Call to Obedience

For the choir director: on the Gittith. Of Asaph.

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