Psalm 81 or
Coverdale
Exultate Deo

1Sing with joy to God our strength *
and raise a loud shout to the God of Jacob.

2Raise a song and sound the timbrel, *
the merry harp, and the lyre.

3Blow the ram's-horn at the new moon, *
and at the full moon, the day of our feast.

4For this is a statute for Israel, *
a law of the God of Jacob.

5He laid it as a solemn charge upon Joseph, *
when he came out of the land of Egypt.

6I heard an unfamiliar voice saying, *
"I eased his shoulder from the burden;
his hands were set free from bearing the load."

7You called on me in trouble, and I saved you; *
I answered you from the secret place of thunder
and tested you at the waters of Meribah.

8Hear, O my people, and I will admonish you: *
O Israel, if you would but listen to me!

9There shall be no strange god among you; *
you shall not worship a foreign god.

10I am the LORD your God,
who brought you out of the land of Egypt and said, *
"Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it."

11And yet my people did not hear my voice, *
and Israel would not obey me.

12So I gave them over to the stubbornness of their hearts, *
to follow their own devices.

13Oh, that my people would listen to me! *
that Israel would walk in my ways!

14I should soon subdue their enemies *
and turn my hand against their foes.

15Those who hate the LORD would cringe before him, *
and their punishment would last for ever.

16But Israel would I feed with the finest wheat *
and satisfy him with honey from the rock.