81 1 An exhortation to praise God both in heart and voice for his benefits, 8 and to worship him only. 11 God condemneth their ingratitude, 12 and showeth what great benefit they have lost through their own malice.
To him that excelleth upon [a]Gittith. A Psalm committeth to Asaph.
1 Sing [b]joyfully unto God our strength: sing loud unto the God of Jacob.
2 Take the song and bring forth the timbrel, the pleasant harp with the viol.
3 Blow the trumpet in the [c]new moon, even in the time appointed at our feast day.
4 For this is a statute for Israel, and a Law of the God of Jacob.
5 He set this in [d]Joseph for a testimony, when he came out of the land of Egypt, where I heard a language, that [e]I understood not.
6 I have withdrawn his shoulder from the burden, and his hands have left the [f]pots.
7 Thou calledst in affliction, and I delivered thee, and[g]answered thee in the secret of the thunder: I proved thee at the waters of [h]Meribah. Selah.
8 [i]Hear, O my people, and I will protest unto thee: O Israel, if thou wilt hearken unto me,
9 And wilt have no strange god in thee, neither worship any strange god,
10 (For I am the Lord thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt:) [j]open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.
11 But my people would not hear my voice, and Israel would none of me,
12 So I gave them up unto the hardness of their heart, and they have walked in their own counsels.
13 [k]Oh that my people had hearkened unto me, and Israel had walked in my ways!
14 I would soon have humbled their enemies, and turned mine hand [l]against their adversaries.
15 The haters of the Lord should have been subject unto him, and their time [m]should have endured forever.
16 And God would have fed them with the [n]fat of wheat, and with honey out of the rock would I have sufficed thee.
Psalm 81:1An instrument of music brought from Geth.
Psalm 81:1It seemeth that this Psalm was appointed for solemn feasts and assemblies of the people to whom for a time these ceremonies were ordained, but now under the Gospel are abolished.
Psalm 81:3Under this feast he comprehendeth all other solemn days.
Psalm 81:5That is, in Israel: for Joseph’s family was counted the chief before that Judah was preferred.
Psalm 81:5God speaketh in the person of the people because he was their leader.
Psalm 81:6If they were never able to give sufficient thanks to God for this deliverance from corporal bondage, how much more are we indebted to him for our spiritual deliverance from the tyranny of Satan and sin?
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