Psalm 81:1-10

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by: FCC Staff

08/04/2022

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“Sing aloud to God our strength; shout for joy to the God of Jacob! Raise a song; sound the tambourine, the sweet lyre with the harp. Blow the trumpet at the new moon,
at the full moon, on our feast day. For it is a statute for Israel, a rule of the God of Jacob. He made it a decree in Joseph when he went out over the land of Egypt. I hear a language I had not known: “I relieved your shoulder of the burden; your hands were freed from the basket. In distress you called, and I delivered you; I answered you in the secret place of thunder; I tested you at the waters of Meribah. Selah Hear, O my people, while I admonish you! O Israel, if you would but listen to me! There shall be no strange god among you; you shall not bow down to a foreign god.  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.”  Psalm 81:1-10

Most people have seen the Christmas movie, Elf, and can imagine the star character, Buddy, the Elf.  For those not familiar with the movie, Buddy the Elf is a unique sort of person who has an almost uncontrollable excitement for all things Christmas.  He looks like Christmas, talks about Christmas, and sings about Christmas.  One of Buddy’s most memorable and repeated lines from the movie is “The best way to spread Christmas cheer, is singing loud for all to hear.”  The line is instrumental in saving a Christmas night that is in peril.   After Santa Claus’ sleigh runs out of power (the sleigh is powered by Christmas cheer), the crowd re-charges its batteries by singing cheery Christmas songs so Santa can complete his rounds.  Christmas saved.   

Buddy leaves us a great example.   Not an example of how to spread Christmas cheer, but an example of how to express our joy in something we are excited about.  Our Psalm today starts out encouraging people to ‘Sing aloud to God,’ ‘Shout for Joy,’ ‘Raise a song,’ ‘Sound the tambourine,’ and ‘Blow the trumpet,’ with exuberance and energy express unashamed joy to God for what He has done.  What did God do?  God did lots of things, but the Psalmist specifically mentions one thing that is particularly noteworthy. He delivered His people out of Egypt.  What Israel had become in Egypt is well documented in scripture. They had become a shell of what God desired for them, oppressed slaves.  

The story is quite impactful. One day they are slaves to the Egyptians, the very next day, the entire nation was free.  This was truly something to sing loudly about and exactly what they did immediately afterward.  Exodus 15 records a song that Moses and the people sang to God in appreciation for His deliverance.  They had just left Egypt with whatever they could carry in their arms, which wasn’t much.   They didn’t have much, but they did have thankful hearts and voices.

The Israelites did their fair share of messing up throughout their journey with God, but they got this right on this occasion and we should draw an example from it.  God has done incredible things to, and for, all of us.   Singing His praises is a natural and dutiful response.  

David, who wrote many of the Psalms, gives us another example.  David was good at publicly demonstrating his praise to God, even when people tried to shame him for acting ‘undignified.’ (2 Samuel 6:16)

Do you hold back worship of God out of fear or embarrassment?  Some of us don’t have issues singing to God in church when we’re with others like us, but when it comes to talking about or representing God out in public, that is a different story.  I think if we are honest with ourselves, we can all point to areas of weakness in our lives when it comes to giving honor and praise to God. Set a goal this week to identify one of these weak areas in your life and practice publicly acknowledging God before men for all He has done for you.

Prayer for Today:

God, thank You for all of the goodness in my life that comes from You.  Thank You for saving me and giving me a hope and purpose.   Help me to use my energy and time on this earth praising You and letting others know about Your goodness.  Amen.

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“Sing aloud to God our strength; shout for joy to the God of Jacob! Raise a song; sound the tambourine, the sweet lyre with the harp. Blow the trumpet at the new moon,
at the full moon, on our feast day. For it is a statute for Israel, a rule of the God of Jacob. He made it a decree in Joseph when he went out over the land of Egypt. I hear a language I had not known: “I relieved your shoulder of the burden; your hands were freed from the basket. In distress you called, and I delivered you; I answered you in the secret place of thunder; I tested you at the waters of Meribah. Selah Hear, O my people, while I admonish you! O Israel, if you would but listen to me! There shall be no strange god among you; you shall not bow down to a foreign god.  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.”  Psalm 81:1-10

Most people have seen the Christmas movie, Elf, and can imagine the star character, Buddy, the Elf.  For those not familiar with the movie, Buddy the Elf is a unique sort of person who has an almost uncontrollable excitement for all things Christmas.  He looks like Christmas, talks about Christmas, and sings about Christmas.  One of Buddy’s most memorable and repeated lines from the movie is “The best way to spread Christmas cheer, is singing loud for all to hear.”  The line is instrumental in saving a Christmas night that is in peril.   After Santa Claus’ sleigh runs out of power (the sleigh is powered by Christmas cheer), the crowd re-charges its batteries by singing cheery Christmas songs so Santa can complete his rounds.  Christmas saved.   

Buddy leaves us a great example.   Not an example of how to spread Christmas cheer, but an example of how to express our joy in something we are excited about.  Our Psalm today starts out encouraging people to ‘Sing aloud to God,’ ‘Shout for Joy,’ ‘Raise a song,’ ‘Sound the tambourine,’ and ‘Blow the trumpet,’ with exuberance and energy express unashamed joy to God for what He has done.  What did God do?  God did lots of things, but the Psalmist specifically mentions one thing that is particularly noteworthy. He delivered His people out of Egypt.  What Israel had become in Egypt is well documented in scripture. They had become a shell of what God desired for them, oppressed slaves.  

The story is quite impactful. One day they are slaves to the Egyptians, the very next day, the entire nation was free.  This was truly something to sing loudly about and exactly what they did immediately afterward.  Exodus 15 records a song that Moses and the people sang to God in appreciation for His deliverance.  They had just left Egypt with whatever they could carry in their arms, which wasn’t much.   They didn’t have much, but they did have thankful hearts and voices.

The Israelites did their fair share of messing up throughout their journey with God, but they got this right on this occasion and we should draw an example from it.  God has done incredible things to, and for, all of us.   Singing His praises is a natural and dutiful response.  

David, who wrote many of the Psalms, gives us another example.  David was good at publicly demonstrating his praise to God, even when people tried to shame him for acting ‘undignified.’ (2 Samuel 6:16)

Do you hold back worship of God out of fear or embarrassment?  Some of us don’t have issues singing to God in church when we’re with others like us, but when it comes to talking about or representing God out in public, that is a different story.  I think if we are honest with ourselves, we can all point to areas of weakness in our lives when it comes to giving honor and praise to God. Set a goal this week to identify one of these weak areas in your life and practice publicly acknowledging God before men for all He has done for you.

Prayer for Today:

God, thank You for all of the goodness in my life that comes from You.  Thank You for saving me and giving me a hope and purpose.   Help me to use my energy and time on this earth praising You and letting others know about Your goodness.  Amen.

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