An exhortation to a solemn praising of God.
Psalms 81:1 To the Overseer.'On the Gittith.' By Asaph. Cry aloud to God our strength, Shout to the God of Jacob. Psalms 81:2 Lift up a song, and give out a timbrel, A pleasant harp with psaltery. Psalms 81:3 Blow in the month a trumpet, In the new moon, at the day of our festival,
God challengeth that duty by reason of his benefits.
Psalms 81:4 For a statute to Israel it [is], An ordinance of the God of Jacob. Psalms 81:5 A testimony on Joseph He hath placed it, In his going forth over the land of Egypt. A lip, I have not knownI hear. Psalms 81:6 From the burden his shoulder I turned aside, His hands from the basket pass over. Psalms 81:7 In distress thou hast called and I deliver thee, I answer thee in the secret place of thunder, I try thee by the waters of Meribah. Selah.
God, exhorting to obedience, complaineth of their disobedience, which proveth their own hurt.
Psalms 81:8 Hear, O My people, and I testify to thee, O Israel, if thou dost hearken to me: Psalms 81:9 There is not in thee a strange god, And thou bowest not thyself to a strange god. Psalms 81:10 I [am] Jehovah thy God, Who bringeth thee up out of the land of Egypt. Enlarge thy mouth, and I fill it. Psalms 81:11 But, My people hearkened not to My voice, And Israel hath not consented to Me. Psalms 81:12 And I send them away in the enmity of their heart, They walk in their own counsels. Psalms 81:13 O that My people were hearkening to Me, Israel in My ways would walk. Psalms 81:14 As a little thing their enemies I cause to bow, And against their adversaries I turn back My hand, Psalms 81:15 Those hating Jehovah feign obedience to Him, But their time isto the age. Psalms 81:16 He causeth him to eat of the fat of wheat, And [with] honey from a rock I satisfy thee!