Psalm 81: God’s goodness towards Israel
The Psalms are the highest expression of praise, petition or gratitude to God of the Old Testament. These poetic writings give us a miraculous power for our daily activities. Next we will show you one of the most popular psalms: Psalm 81.
This Psalm will allow you to achieve the balance of the positive energies that are born of the divinity of God for our planet.
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Psalm 81: God’s goodness and the people of Israel
Psalm 81 is a well-known and powerful poetic prayer that was created for the so-called ‘Feast of Tabernacles or Exhortation to the celebration worthy of Easter’. As its title says, the Psalm is attributed to Asaph. It has 17 verses that are divided into 2 different parts, although they are inspired by the same principle. It is a psalm that will help us in an excellent way to achieve prosperity as a united community.
From verse 6 to verse 17, on the occasion of the feasts, Psalm 81 disapproves of the actions of the people of Israel, recriminating their unfaithfulness towards God.
This Psalm invites the change of behavior to put aside enemies and resentments, and to prosper as a society. The punishments received by the people of Israel were for their disobedience. The only way to heal and be at peace with God.
In the Psalm there is talk of singing or singing with praise, since music and adoration are two elements that go hand in hand. Worship through music is a perfect way to raise your prayers and thank God.
This biblical passage in a tone of poetry will be very useful in your daily life, as you can reflect on your needs and mistakes, focusing your thoughts on the worship of your God. The festivities of Israel bring to mind the miracles of the Father, which, like the traditional festivals of today, serve to renew strength and resume the daily routine.
At Christmas, gifts should not be the priority, but the possibility of meeting with the family and with God, Easter is not only for traveling, Thanksgiving dinner is not only for eating, etc. This Psalm reminds us that each special occasion also represents a possibility to connect with the goodness of God, and with positive thoughts about our family and our life.
Psalm 81 extracted from the Catholic Bible
The Psalms are 150 compositions or songs of praise or invocation to God, divided into five books. Meet here Psalm 81.
1 Sing for joy to God our strength;
shout aloud to the God of Jacob!
2 Begin the music, strike the timbrel,
play the melodious harp and lyre.
3 Sound the ram’s horn at the New Moon,
and when the moon is full, on the day of our festival;
4 this is a decree for Israel,
an ordinance of the God of Jacob.
5 When God went out against Egypt,
he established it as a statute for Joseph.
I heard an unknown voice say:
6 “I removed the burden from their shoulders;
their hands were set free from the basket.
7 In your distress you called and I rescued you,
I answered you out of a thundercloud;
I tested you at the waters of Meribah.
8 Hear me, my people, and I will warn you—
if you would only listen to me, Israel!
9 You shall have no foreign god among you;
you shall not worship any god other than me.
10 I am the Lord your God,
who brought you up out of Egypt.
Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.
11 “But my people would not listen to me;
Israel would not submit to me.
12 So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts
to follow their own devices.
13 “If my people would only listen to me,
if Israel would only follow my ways,
14 how quickly I would subdue their enemies
and turn my hand against their foes!
15 Those who hate the Lord would cringe before him,
and their punishment would last forever.
16 But you would be fed with the finest of wheat;
with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.”
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