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Psalm 81

June 4, 2009

This is another psalm recalling and retelling Israel’s history of their exodus from Egypt. Since they are in the Promised Land they are to rejoice and worship God with great fanfare, thanksgiving, and praise. They have every reason to worship God because He has been faithful. Music is to be a principle part of their worship.

Part of their worship includes feasts. The Feast of Tabernacles is announced with the ram’s horn. Passover was established for Israel to remember their miraculous escape from Egypt [vs. 3-5].

Verses 6-10 records their experiences from Egypt to Mt. Sinai. Verses 11-15 records their life from Mt. Sinai to Kadesh Barnea [where they refuse to obey God and enter the Promised Land] and their desert experience of 40 years. The land would have been theirs if they had just trusted and obeyed God at Kadesh Barnea [see Num. 13-14].

Verse 16 describes the blessings God bestows on His people who are obedient. As we stated before; “God’s love is unconditional but God’s blessings are conditional”. See Lev. 26-27.

This psalm is important because it reminds us who God is. It reminds us of God’s character. He is a God who hears our cry for help. He is a God who calls us out of disobedience unto obedience. He is a God who loves us and wants what’s best for us. He is a God who desires to be worshiped for who He is. He is a jealous God. He is the one and only true God. He is the God who calls us out of darkness [Egypt, sin] and into the light [Promised Land, heaven, eternal life]. Respond to His call. Trust Him as you Lord and Savior.

So rise up, be joyful, praise God in song and with music, and bow before Him in humble obedience. Praise His Holy Name.

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