Psalm 81 - Overcomer - Hear Him and Walk in His Ways
This psalm is a miniature of the long ballad, The Song of Moses
, in Deuteronomy 32. God Himself speaks, telling Israel to hear Him and to walk in His ways and what the results and consequences would be.
If not for the first 2 verses, I would not know that this was a joyful song. The combination of joy and rebuking is wonderful.
- Don't be reserved in singing this song.
- This tells me that this psalm should be sung monthly.
for Israel this is a statute."
This song is to be sung at the feasts of Israel as a remembrance. This is like the Lord's Table which the Lord commanded us to keep as a joyful remembrance of Him and His death (Luke 22:19; 1Cor 11:23-26
Another brother and I wrote a song about the Lord's Table here
- "Joseph" is spelled uniquely here. It actually is "Jehoseph", a combination of the names "Joseph" and "Jehovah". This is the only occurrence of this spelling. This shows the oneness of God with Joseph and vice-versa.
God went forth over the land of Egypt at the time of the exodus when the children of Israel were slaves there.
"I heard a language I knew not" shows how Israel felt as a stranger in Egypt. God felt His people's predicament.
- As Christians, we have been grafted into Israel, and Israel's experiences are our experiences also (1Cor 10:1
"We should never forget our deliverance from a more intolerable servitude; but commemorate it - specially in the Lord's Supper." - F. B. Meyer
The Lord still proves us at the waters of strife. We will have strife in our lives, and the Lord proves our hearts by it. (Phil 1:27
- Lit. - if you would hearken unto Me
- Ask the Lord difficult things according to His will.
Nothing is too difficult for Him. The Lord wants us to open our mouths wide to Him, not just a little bit. (John 14:12 ..
The Lord's filling our mouth is answering our prayer which also satisfies us, making us full of joy (v16
When George Mueller was first praying about whether he should start an orphanage, this verse spoke to him:
"On Dec 5th , however, the subject of my prayer all at once became different. I was reading Psalm 81, and was particularly struck, more than at any time before, with verse 10. I thought a few moments about these words, and then was led to apply them to the case of the Orphan-House. It struck me that I had never asked the Lord for anything concerning it, except to know His will, respecting its being established or not; and I then fell on my knees and opened my mouth wide, asking Him for much. I asked in submission to His will, and without fixing a time when He should answer my petition. I prayed that He would give me a house, i.e., either as a loan, or that someone might be led to pay the rent for one, or that one might be given permanently for this object; further, I asked Him for 1000 pounds; and likewise for suitable individuals to take care of the children. Besides this, I have been since led to ask the Lord to put into the hearts of His people to send me articles of furniture for the house, and some clothes for the children. When I was asking the petition, I was fully aware what I was doing, i.e., that I was asking for something which I had no natural prospect of obtaining from the brethren whom I know, but which was not too much for the Lord to grant."
- When we pray we also need to hear the Lord's speaking to us often through His word (Heb 3:7-8 ...
- "gave them up" is literally "sent them".
- lit. "Oh that My people
would hear Me"
- lit. "And upon their adversaries I would return My hand
I followed Young's Literal Translation of this verse. Most translate "Like a little thing" as "soon", but there is the prefix "like" attached to it. Leupold translates it as "easily".
- People who hate the Lord pretending obedience to Him are hypocritical worshippers of the Lord. When Jesus, as God in the flesh, visited His people Israel, their religious leadership showed their hate for God by despising Jesus (Zec 11:8
). Asaph, the author of this psalm, prophesies about them in his first psalm
, Ps 50:16-22.
and in the very next psalm, Psalm 82
, Asaph prophecies about their encounter with the Lord Jesus in John 10.
This verse says literally: Haters of the LORD will feign obedience unto Him, and their time became to the age (or forever).
Questions: Who does "their" refer to: Haters of the LORD or Israel? It should refer to 'haters of the LORD" since that is what immediately precedes it. For Israel, the 3rd person singular pronoun is used in the following verse.
What does it mean that "their time became to the age"? I think it means that rejection of the Messiah would prevail in Israel until the end of this age. It also means that Israel's enemies and haters of the Lord would prevail until the end of the age.
When Israel's hypocritical God-hating leaders killed their Messiah, Israel's time was delayed until the end of the age, and Israel's rejection of their Messiah became until the end of the age. The interval between the crucifixion of the Messiah and when God visits Israel again is called "the times of the Gentiles" (Luke 21:24
This verse is the ultimate result of Israel not listening to God nor walking in His ways.
- This concluding verse of blessing is from the long ballad, "The Song of Moses"
, which is a rebuking song for Israel to understand why God would forsake them in the future until the last days, so they could turn back after it happened. This ballad of the Song of Moses
informs my interpretation of the previous verse.
"Honey out of the rock" denotes the sweet, strong and dependable enjoyment of God Himself.
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For the Overcomer
upon the winepresses. Through Asaph.
Sing joyfully to God our strength.
To God of Jacob shout.
Raise a song. Sound the tambourine,
the pleasant harp with lute.
Blow the trumpet at the new moon,
the set time of our feast.
For Israel this is a statute,
God of Jacob's decree.
He ordained it in Joseph for
a testimony bright.
Over Egypt land He went forth,
heard language I knew not.
I took his shoulder from burdens,
his hand from baskets freed.
You called upon Me in trouble,
and I delivered thee.
I answer thee in the secret
place of mighty thunder.
I prove thee at waters of strife,
of Meribah. Selah.
Hear My people, I'll testify
O Israel, unto thee.
If you would hearken, (9) no strange God
in thee would come to be.
Neither shall you worship any
strange god of foreign lands.
I am the LORD thy God that brought
thee up from Egypt land.
Open thy mouth wide, and I will
fill it abundantly
But My people heard not My voice.
Israel would none of Me.
So I gave them up unto their
hearts' stubbornness, you see.
They walked after their own counsels.
Oh that they would hear Me,
that Israel would walk in My ways!
I would humble their enemies
and their adversaries.
Despisers of the LORD will feign
obedience unto Him.
Then their appointed time became
'till the time of
And He did cause him to enjoy
of the fat of the wheat,
and with honey out of the Rock
wilI I satisfy thee.
Luke 22:19 And having taken a loaf, when he had given thanks, he broke it, and gave it to them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.
1Corinthians 11:23 For *I* received from the Lord, that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus, in the night in which he was delivered up, took bread,
24 and having given thanks broke it, and said, This is my body, which is for you: this do in remembrance of me.
25 In like manner also the cup, after having supped, saying, This cup is the new covenant in my blood: this do, as often as ye shall drink it, in remembrance of me.
26 For as often as ye shall eat this bread, and drink the cup, ye announce the death of the Lord, until he come. (1Co 11:23-26 DBY)
1 Corinthians 10:1 For I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; (1Co 10:1 DBY)
Psalm 50:7 Listen to Me, My people,
and I will speak, O Israel!
And I will,
witness in you, I am God, your God.
John 14:12 Verily, verily, I say to you, He that believes on me, the works which I do shall he do also, and he shall do greater than these, because I go to the Father.
13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, this will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14 If ye shall ask anything in my name, I will do it.
15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will and it shall come to pass to you.
8 In this is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit, and ye shall become disciples of mine.
16 "You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.
16:23 "And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you.
24 "Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
Hebrews 3:7 Wherefore, even as says the Holy Spirit, To-day if ye will hear his voice,
8 harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness;
15 in that it is said, To-day if ye will hear his voice, do not harden your hearts, as in the provocation;
4:4 For he has said somewhere of the seventh day thus, And God rested on the seventh day from all his works:
5 and in this again, If they shall enter into my rest.
6 Seeing therefore it remains that some enter into it, and those who first received the glad tidings did not enter in on account of not hearkening to the word,
7 again he determines a certain day, saying, in David, 'To-day,' after so long a time; (according as it has been said before), To-day, if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
Psalm 55:22 Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and *he* will sustain thee: he will never suffer the righteous to be moved.
Zechariah 11:8 And I caused the three shepherds to perish in one month; and My soul loathed them, and their soul also abhorred Me.
What have you to do to with this?
to be defining My statutes?
Should you take My,
covenant in your mouth?
17 Seeing you hate
correction, and toss My words behind you.
18 When saw a thief, you're pleased with him,
and cast your lot with adulterers.
19 You loose your mouth for evil
and harness your tongue for deceit.
20 You sit and speak against your brother.
You slander the,
son of your own mother.
21 These things you've done,
and I kept silence.
You thought that I was just like you,
but I'll show you a thing or two,
and set the things in order
before your very own eyes.
22 O please consider this.
you that forget God, lest I tear in pieces,
and there will be no one who releases.
Luke 21:24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led captive into all the nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.
For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.
Daniel 9:24 Seventy weeks are apportioned out upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to close the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make expiation for iniquity, and to bring in the righteousness of the ages, and to seal the vision and prophet, and to anoint the holy of holies.
25 Know therefore and understand: From the going forth of the word to restore and to build Jerusalem unto Messiah, the Prince, are seven weeks, and sixty-two weeks. The street and the moat shall be built again, even in troublous times.
26 And after the sixty-two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, and shall have nothing; and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with an overflow, and unto the end, war, -- the desolations determined.
27 And he shall confirm a covenant with the many for one week; and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and because of the protection of abominations there shall be a desolator, even until that the consumption and what is determined shall be poured out upon the desolate.
:1 God standeth in the assembly,
the assembly of God where He
judges within the gods.
2 How long will ye judge unjustly,
and wicked persons ye carry?
3 Judge the poor and the fatherless.
To meek and needy do justice.
4 Rescue those who are in distress.
Save from the wicked's hand.
5 They know not, neither do discern.
In darkness they walk on and on.
Moved are all the earth's foundations.
6 I have said, Ye are gods.
All ye are sons of the Most High,
7 but just like men, you'll surely die.
Like princes you will fall from high.
8 Arise God, Judge the earth.
for You'll inherit all nations.
Deuteronomy 31: 29 For I (Moses) know that after my death you will become utterly corrupt,
and turn aside from the way which I have commanded you;
and evil will befall you in the latter days,
because you will do evil in the sight of the LORD,
to provoke Him to anger through the work of your hands.
30 Then Moses spoke in the hearing of all the assembly of Israel the words of this song until they were ended:
32:13 Upon the earth's high places,
He did cause them to ride.
And he ate the field's produce,
from the Rock sucked honey,
and oil from the strong Rock,
14 milk from cattle and sheep,
lambs, rams and goats of Bashan
with fat kidneys of wheat.
And you did drink of pure wine,
the blood of the grape sweet.
35 Vengeance is Mine, says the Lord,
and recompense Mine too.
The time when their (Israel's enemies) foot shall slip,
calamity comes due.
The things to come will make haste.
36 The LORD judge His people,
and repent for His servants
when He sees pow'r is null.
There is none shut up or left.
Philippians 1:27 Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ: that, whether I come and see you or be absent, I may hear of your state, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one soul striving for the faith of the gospel; (Phi 1:27 ASV)
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