Psalm Photos – 81 – Rest

Psalm 81

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 festal day.

For it is a statute for Israel, an ordinance of the God of Jacob.

He made it a decree in Joseph, when he went out over the land of Egypt. I hear a voice I had not known:

“I relieved your shoulder of the burden; your hands were freed from the basket.

In distress you called, and I rescued 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.

“But my people did not listen to my voice; Israel would not submit to me.

So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts, to follow their own counsels.

O that my people would listen to me, that Israel would walk in my ways!

Then I would quickly subdue their enemies, and turn my hand against their foes.

Those who hate the Lord would cringe before him, and their doom would last forever.

I would feed you with the finest of the wheat, and with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.”


Not a lot of thoughts on this psalm as a whole but more about a single word…selah. This word appears in over half of the Psalms but there’s not a lot of universal agreement on what it means. The most common seems to indicate some kind of pause…something like a “slow down and reflect.” An appropriate thought on a Sabbath Sunday. We are called to take time to stop, to reflect, to think, to feel. But I know I find it a lot easier to just go go go go and hit the next thing on my to do list. But that’s not how God created us. God wants us to stop and slow…so what’s next? Um…not today.

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