February 4, 2024

Psalm 81:1-16

1   Sing aloud to God our strength;
shout for joy to the God of Jacob.
2   Raise a song, sound the tambourine,
the sweet lyre with the harp.
3   Blow the trumpet at the new moon,
at the full moon, on our festal day.
4   For it is a statute for Israel,
an ordinance of the God of Jacob.
5   He made it a decree in Joseph,
when he went out over the land of Egypt.

     I hear a voice I had not known:
6   “I relieved your shoulder of the burden;
your hands were freed from the basket.
7   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
8   Hear, O my people, while I admonish you;
O Israel, if you would but listen to me!
9   There shall be no strange god among you;
you shall not bow down to a foreign god.
10  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.

11“But my people did not listen to my voice;
Israel would not submit to me.
12  So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts,
to follow their own counsels.
13  O that my people would listen to me,
that Israel would walk in my ways!
14  Then I would quickly subdue their enemies,
and turn my hand against their foes.
15  Those who hate the LORD would cringe before him,
and their doom would last forever.
16  I would feed you with the finest of the wheat,
and with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.”


Loving, Gracious, and Present God, Open my ears to where you are in my daily life. Often my days are filled with noise – the many lectures, the constant Spotify playlists, other people’s opinions of me. It can be hard to listen to you or find comfort in you.  Even in the midst of a new semester filled with checklists, I pray I can rely on your strength and be comforted by You, even in my hidden struggles. Amen.  


Written by Lauren Hood, Director of Junior High Ministry, Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church