Summary: "LESSONS FROM REBELLIOUS ISRAEL"
I. The Remembrance of The Dominance Of God - 81:1-5 The Demonstration of Joy - 81:1-3a
1. The Manner In Which They Praised God - 81:1 Sing aloud unto God our strength: make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob.
2. The Means By Which They Praised God - 81:2,3 Take a psalm, and bring hither the timbrel, the pleasant harp with the psaltery.
3. The Motives With Which They Praised God 3 Blow up the trumpet in the new moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn feast day.
1. When? - 81:3 in the time appointed, on our solemn feast day.
2. Why? - 81:4, For this was a statute for Israel, and a law of the God of Jacob.
3. When? - 81:5 This he ordained in Joseph for a testimony, when he went out through the land of Egypt: where I heard a language that I understood not. II. The Reflection on The Deliverance By God - 81:6-7 A. Their Relief - :6 I removed his shoulder from the burden: his hands were delivered from the pots.
B. Their Request v.7 Thou calledst in trouble, C. Their Rescue - 81:7 Thou calledst in trouble, and I delivered thee;
III. The Rejection of The Distractions From God - 81:8-9 A. The Urgency Of God - 81:8 Hear, O my people, and I will testify unto thee: B. The Ultimatum Of God v.8 O Israel, if thou wilt hearken unto me; C. The Uniqueness Of God - 81:9 There shall no strange god be in thee; neither shalt thou worship any strange god. IV. The Reception Of The Dividends of God - 81:10 I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it. A. God’s Identity - 10a
1. He Is The Eternal God - “I AM the LORD"
2. He Is The Eager God - “thy God"
3. He Is The Emancipating God - “which brought thee out of the land of Egypt"
B. God's Invitation - 10b "Open your mouth wide"
C. God’s Input - 10c "and I will fill it"
V. The Ramifications Of Disobedience To God - 81:11-16 A. A Rebellious Heart Leads to Failure - 81:11,12
1. By A Scriptural Heedlessness v. 11 But my people would not hearken to my voice
2. By A Spiritual Heresy - 81:11 and Israel would none of me.
3. By A Stubborn Heart - 81:12 So I gave them up unto their own hearts’ lust: and they walked in their own counsels. B. A Repentant Heart Leads to Victory - 81:13,14
1. The Repentance of Our Faults - 81:13 Oh that my people had hearkened unto me, and Israel had walked in my ways!
2. The Rout of Our Foes - 81:14 I should soon have subdued their enemies, and turned my hand against their adversaries.
C. A Resentful Heart Leads To Punishment - 81:15 The haters of the LORD should have submitted themselves unto him: but their time should have endured for ever.
D. A Righteous Heart Leads to Satisfaction - 81:16 He should have fed them also with the finest of the wheat: and with honey out of the rock should I have satisfied thee.