Call to worship (Ps 81:1-81:5)

To the choirmaster leader, according to the Gittith, a psalm of Asaph

“Sing aloud to God!

Our strength!

Shout for joy

To the God of Jacob!

Raise a song!

Sound the tambourine!

Sound the sweet lyre!

Sound the harp!

Blow the trumpet

At the new moon,

At the full moon,

On our feast day.

It is a statute for Israel.

It is an ordinance of the God of Jacob.

He made it a decree in Joseph,

When he went out

Over the land of Egypt.”

Once again, Psalm 81 is a choral psalm on a Gittith or stringed instrument. Of course it is in this series of Asaph psalms, who was a Temple singer. They were to sing aloud with joy to the God of Jacob. They were to play on the tambourine, the lyre, and the harp. They were to blow the trumpet at the new moon, the full moon, and the feast day. This was a statute of Israel and an ordinance of the God of Jacob. This was the decree that came from tribe of Joseph as they left Egypt.

Worship Yahweh (Ps 29:1-29:2)

A Psalm of David

Ascribe to Yahweh!

O heavenly beings!

Ascribe to Yahweh!

Glory and strength!

Ascribe to Yahweh!

The glory of his name!

Worship Yahweh in holy splendor.”

Once again, Psalm 29 is merely a psalm of David without any other indications. It accents Yahweh’s power in a storm. However, these beginning verses are like a call to worship. They had to ascribe to Yahweh in a repeated refrain. This was the call to those both in heaven and on earth to recognize the glory and strength of the name of Yahweh. This Yahweh worship should be in holy splendor.