Psalm of the Day – November 21, 2019 (Psalm 81)

1   Sing aloud to God our strength; 
          shout for joy to the God of Jacob. 
2   Raise a song, sound the tambourine, 
          the sweet lyre with the harp. 
3   Blow the trumpet at the new moon, 
          at the full moon, on our festal day. 
4   For it is a statute for Israel, 
          an ordinance of the God of Jacob. 
5   He made it a decree in Joseph, 
          when he went out over the land of Egypt.

     I hear a voice I had not known: 
6   “I relieved your shoulder of the burden; 
          your hands were freed from the basket. 
7   In distress you called, and I rescued you; 
          I answered you in the secret place of thunder; 
          I tested you at the waters of Meribah. Selah 
8   Hear, O my people, while I admonish you; 
          O Israel, if you would but listen to me! 
9   There shall be no strange god among you; 
          you shall not bow down to a foreign god. 
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.

11“But my people did not listen to my voice; 
          Israel would not submit to me. 
12  So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts, 
          to follow their own counsels. 
13  O that my people would listen to me, 
          that Israel would walk in my ways! 
14  Then I would quickly subdue their enemies, 
          and turn my hand against their foes. 
15  Those who hate the LORD would cringe before him, 
          and their doom would last forever. 
16  I would feed you with the finest of the wheat, 
          and with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.”

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