Psalm 81 (CSB)
1 Sing for joy to God our strength; shout in triumph to the God of Jacob.
2 Lift up a song—play the tambourine, the melodious lyre, and the harp.
3 Blow the ram’s horn on the day of our feasts during the new moon and during the full moon.
4 For this is a statute for Israel, an ordinance of the God of Jacob.
5 He set it up as a decree for Joseph when he went throughout the land of Egypt. I heard an unfamiliar language:
6 “I relieved his shoulder from the burden; his hands were freed from carrying the basket.
7 You called out in distress, and I rescued you; I answered you from the thundercloud. I tested you at the Waters of Meribah. Selah
8 Listen, my people, and I will admonish you. Israel, if you would only listen to me!
9 There must not be a strange god among you; you must not bow down to a foreign god.
10 I am the LORD your God, who brought you up from the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.
11 “But my people did not listen to my voice; Israel did not obey me.
12 So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own plans.
13 If only my people would listen to me and Israel would follow my ways,
14 I would quickly subdue their enemies and turn my hand against their foes.”
15 Those who hate the LORD would cower to him; their doom would last forever.
16 But he would feed Israel with the best wheat. “I would satisfy you with honey from the rock.”
My your grace alone, I knew you when I was young. I knew you and did not love you nor run to you. I was infected by sin and kept turning to sin rather to the healer of my soul. I was broken and did not desire wholeness but rather to the despair that kept me broken. My heart was hardened and instead of crying for a new one, I kept it cold and frozen through my deeds and thoughts.
- you saved me.
You washed me clean of my sin
- in your precious Spirit.
You made me whole
- by the blood covering of your Son.
You took my dead heart
- and gave me your own soft heart.
This is what you have done.
You are my most precious Savior and Messiah.
You are my Lord and my God. Forever.