Psalm 81 Bible Study



Psalm 81 Outline


– Sing and praise God with tambourine, harp and lyre (Psalm 81:1-2)

– Sound the ram’s horn to celebrate the New Moon Festival (Psalm 81:3-5)

– God delivered the Israelites from their bondage of slavery but the Israelites kept testing God (Psalm 81:6-7)

– The Israelites turned away from God to idolatry (Psalm 81:8-10)

– The Israelites refused to submit to God (Psalm 81:11-12)

– God would have subdue Israel’s enemies if only they had been obedient to him (Psalm 81:13-16)



Psalm 81 Summary


In Psalm 81:1-2, sing for joy to God our strength and praise him with tambourine, harp and lyre.


In Psalm 81:3-5, sound the ram’s horn to celebrate the New Moon Festival (Numbers 10:10). The New Moon Festival is one of the festivals that the Israelites are required to observe. God established laws for the Israelites to obey when he struck Egypt and led them out from the bondage of slavery. At that time, the Israelites did not understand the Egyptian language, probably because they stayed in different regions and don’t mingle with the Egyptians.


In Psalm 81:6-7, God heard the cries of the Israelites in their slaveries and he sent Moses to lead them out from Egypt. But the Israelites grumbled against God about having no water in the desert instead of putting their trust in them. They tested God at the waters of Meribah (Exodus 17:1-7).


In Psalm 81:8-10, the Israelites turned away from God by worshiping foreign gods. God has said he will provide for the Israelites but the Israelites did not put their trust in God.


In Psalm 81:11-12, but the Israelites refused to submit to God and worship him only so God gave them over to their stubbornness.


In Psalm 81:13-16, if only the Israelites would listen to God and walk in his commandments, then, God would help them to conquer their enemies. Those who hate God will be punished but those who are obedient will always be provided.



Psalm 81 Bible Study


1. Don’t have anything to do with idolatry

Idolatry is a sin. You should get rid of every object that has association with idolatry from your possessions such as house, vehicles and etc. Christians should not bow down or do anything to pay respect to idols, even if you don’t believe in their religion. Anything you put first in your life instead of God is also considered idolatry. God must be in the first place of your life in everything you do.


In Exodus 20:3-6, Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.


In 1 John 5:21, Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen. In Jonah 2:8, They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy. In Colossians 3:5, Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry. In Psalm 16:4, their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another god: their drink offerings of blood will I not offer, nor take up their names into my lips. In Galatians 5:19-21, Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.


In Leviticus 19:4, turn ye not unto idols, nor make to yourselves molten gods: I am the Lord your God. In 1 Corinthians 10:14, Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.