God’s Appeal to Stubborn Israel
Psalm 81:1 Sing aloud to God our strength; shout for joy to the God of Jacob!
Psalm 81:2 Raise a song, sound the timbrel, the sweet lyre with the harp.
Psalm 81:3 Blow the trumpet at the new moon, at the full moon, on our feast day.
Psalm 81:4 For it is a statute for Israel, an ordinance of the God of Jacob.
Psalm 81:5 He made it a decree in Joseph, when he went out over m the land of Egypt. I hear a voice I had not known:
Psalm 81:6 “I relieved your n shoulder of the burden; your n hands were freed from the basket.
Psalm 81:7 In distress you called, and I delivered you; I answered you in the secret place of thunder; I tested you at the waters of Mer'ibah.
Psalm 81:8 Hear, O my people, while I admonish you! O Israel, if you would but listen to me!
Psalm 81:9 There shall be no strange god among you; you shall not bow down to a foreign god.
Psalm 81:10 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.
Psalm 81:11 “But my people did not listen to my voice; Israel would have none of me.
Psalm 81:12 So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts, to follow their own counsels.
Psalm 81:13 O that my people would listen to me, that Israel would walk in my ways!
Psalm 81:14 I would soon subdue their enemies, and turn my hand against their foes.
Psalm 81:15 Those who hate the LORD would cringe toward him, and their fate would last for ever.
Psalm 81:16 I would feed youo with the finest of the wheat, and with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.”