A Song for a Festival#Ps 81 hebrew title: By Asaph.
1Shout for joy to God our defender;
sing praise to the God of Jacob!
2Start the music and beat the tambourines;
play pleasant music on the harps and the lyres.
3 # Num 10.10 Blow the trumpet for the festival,
when the moon is new and when the moon is full.
4This is the law in Israel,
an order from the God of Jacob.
5He gave it to the people of Israel
when he attacked the land of Egypt.
I hear an unknown voice saying,
6“I took the burdens off your backs;
I let you put down your loads of bricks.
7 # Ex 17.7; Num 20.13 When you were in trouble, you called to me, and I saved you.
From my hiding place in the storm, I answered you.
I put you to the test at the springs of Meribah.
8Listen, my people, to my warning;
Israel, how I wish you would listen to me!
9 # Ex 20.2–3; Deut 5.6–7 You must never worship another god.
10I am the LORD your God,
who brought you out of Egypt.
Open your mouth, and I will feed you.
11“But my people would not listen to me;
Israel would not obey me.
12So I let them go their stubborn ways
and do whatever they wanted.
13How I wish my people would listen to me;
how I wish they would obey me!
14I would quickly defeat their enemies
and conquer all their foes.
15Those who hate me would bow in fear before me;
their punishment would last for ever.
16But I would feed you with the finest wheat
and satisfy you with wild honey.”