In Psalm 81 we have a change of pace from the previous psalms.
Psalm 81 begins with an instruction to praise God and ends by painting a picture of how happy things could be if God’s people would only be obedient.
I personally do not do well with allegory and metaphors because I am a literal person. That often makes the psalms difficult for me to understand. That’s why I appreciate the directness of Psalm 81. It gives clear instructions that I can easily understand.
This is another reason why I appreciate Biblical commentaries when reading through scripture because it can provide a clearer perspective of what the text says.
“The two great intentions of our religious assemblies, and which we ought to have in our eye in our attendance on them, are answered in this psalm, which are, to give glory to God and to receive instruction from God, to “behold the beauty of the Lord and to enquire in his temple.’”
Giving God Glory
Our first and most important task of being a Christian is to give God glory. If we focus on God rather than on ourselves, there will be a noticeable change in our habits and behavior.
We will not be focused inwardly and we will become more selfless than selfish. We will begin to hold God and others above ourselves. Our ability to love will grow, and through both our actions and words, we will give God glory.
Receiving instruction can be challenging, especially if the instructions confront our sin and requires us to change. However, instruction from God is given with the best intentions and is not something we should fear. God is trustworthy.
Will it be difficult at times, and will it make us feel uncomfortable?
Yes, but the temporary discomfort is worth the eternal gains.
Plus, as we work on part 1 (giving God glory), part 2 will come easier.