Psalm 81

A feast psalm of reminder to serve the Lord alone.

1–5 Israel called to worship the Lord
6–10 Israel should only worship the Lord who delivered them from bondage
11–16 Israel called to obey the Lord so they would know His blessings

  • This psalm would have been sung at one of the three annual feasts Israel was to observe (Passover, Feast of Weeks, or Tabernacles). Judging from the content of this psalm, what was an essential purpose of these feasts?
  • Verse 7 refers to Exodus 17:1–6.
  • How would this “history lesson” encourage Israel to serve God alone?
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