-Theme: God’s goodness versus Israel’s waywardness. God’s deliverance in spite of our wanderings away from Him.
-Historical Insight: This was probably a song celebrating the Feast of Tabernacles as a holiday hymn. It celebrates the exodus from Egyptian slavery and bondage. Written by Asaph.
-*Application* Do you sing and shout joyfully unto the LORD in utter praise and worship? He is our strength. Don’t hold back your emotion in adulation of Him! Bust loose with every instrument you’ve got! He has established a testimony just the same in us and for us, His children; so let the world know of His greatness and supremacy. Call upon Him when you’re in trouble, and allow Him to rescue you with answers from His heart. Listen to the LORD and put away other gods that come before Him. If you will open up your mouth wide (have expectation), He will fill it with His Spirit and all His righteousness. Obey the LORD. Don’t walk in the stubbornness of your old-worldly heart. Those are your own devices, and these lead to destruction (Proverbs 3:5-6; 12:15; 14:12; 16:25). Do you want God to subdue your enemies and turn His Hand against your adversaries? Of course you do. Walk in His ways and surrender to His leadership. He will do it! The haters of the LORD would pretend obedience to Him. This is hypocrisy. The time of punishment for these folks who are pretenders is forever in separation from the Father of love. God will feed His righteous children with the finest of food and delightful things in total and supreme satisfaction. Which will you choose, the world, yourself, or Him? Seems like an obvious choice, doesn’t it?
Verse to Memorize: Psalm 81:16