For the director of music. By the gittith. A song of Asaph.
81 Sing for joy to God, our strength. Shout out loud to the God of Jacob. 2 Begin the music. Play the tambourines. Play pleasant music on the harps and lyres. 3 Blow the sheep’s horn at the time of the New Moon. Blow it when the moon is full, when our feast begins. 4 This is the law for Israel. It is God’s command to the people of Jacob. 5 He made this agreement with the people of Joseph when they went out of the land of Egypt.
I heard a language I did not know, saying: 6 “I took the load off your shoulders. I let you put down your baskets. 7 When you were in trouble, you called, and I saved you. I answered you with thunder. I tested you at the waters of Meribah. Selah 8 My people, listen. I am warning you. Israel, please listen to me! 9 You must not have foreign gods among you. You must not worship any false god. 10 I, the Lord, am your God. I brought you out of Egypt. Open your mouth, and I will feed you.
11 “But my people did not listen to me. Israel did not want me. 12 So I let them go their stubborn way. They followed their own advice. 13 I wish my people would listen to me. I wish Israel would live my way. 14 Then I would quickly defeat their enemies. I would turn my hand against those who are against them. 15 Those who hate the Lord would bow before him. Their punishment would continue forever. 16 But I would give you the finest wheat. I would fill you with honey from the rocks.”
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