To the director; upon the Gitʹtith.* Of Aʹsaph.+
81 Shout joyfully to God our strength.+
Shout in triumph to the God of Jacob.
2 Begin the music and take a tambourine,
The melodious harp together with the stringed instrument.
3 Blow the horn on the new moon,+
On the full moon, for the day of our festival.+
4 For it is a decree for Israel,
A ruling of the God of Jacob.+
5 He established it as a reminder for Joseph+
When He went out against the land of Egypt.+
I heard a voice* that I did not recognize:
6 “I lifted the burden from his shoulder;+
His hands were freed from the basket.
7 In your distress you called, and I rescued you;+
I answered you from the thundercloud.*+
I tested you at the waters of Merʹi·bah.*+ (Selah)
8 Hear, my people, and I will testify against you.
O Israel, if you would only listen to me.+
9 Among you, there will be no strange god,
And you will not bow down to a foreign god.+
10 I, Jehovah, am your God,
The one who brought you out of the land of Egypt.+
Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.+
11 But my people did not listen to my voice;
Israel would not submit to me.+
12 So I let them follow their stubborn hearts;
They did what they thought was right.*+
13 If only my people would listen to me,+
If only Israel would walk in my ways!+
14 Their enemies I would quickly subdue;
I would turn my hand against their adversaries.+
15 Those who hate Jehovah will cringe in his presence,
And their outcome* will be forever.
16 But he will feed you* with the finest* wheat+
And satisfy you with honey from the rock.”+