When things seem to be going wrong and life feels as if it all unraveling around you, that is the time to cry out to the Lord and pray for his help. There is no problem you might face that God can’t overcome. The psalmist is testifying of his own experience of having been saved when he cried out to the Lord in time of trouble. The psalmist reminds us to sing and get a band together and really celebrate the festivals of our powerful God who is the source of all our strength. The Lord saved our ancestors when they turned to him, and he saved the psalmist when he turned to him. He will save us when we turn to him and he will go on to save our children and their children when they need him and turn to him.
Psalms 81:1-7 NLT
1 Sing praises to God, our strength.
Sing to the God of Jacob.
2 Sing! Beat the tambourine.
Play the sweet lyre and the harp.
3 Blow the ram’s horn at new moon,
and again at full moon to call a festival!
4 For this is required by the decrees of Israel;
it is a regulation of the God of Jacob.
5 He made it a law for Israel
when he attacked Egypt to set us free.
6 I heard an unknown voice say,
“Now I will take the load from your shoulders;
I will free your hands from their heavy tasks.
7 You cried to me in trouble, and I saved you;
I answered out of the thundercloud
and tested your faith when
there was no water at Meribah. – Interlude
We should celebrate in advance because the Lord will always be there to help us when we ask him and turn to him. If you have come through a difficult time recently, praise God as extravagantly as you dare. If you can remember a terrible situation you saw turned around unexpectedly, or inexplicably, thank God for his mercy. If you are at rock bottom and you feel you have lost everything, turn back to God, because if you still have your faith, then anything can’t be turned around and you will be saved when you ask the Lord.
Joshua 5:1-7:15, Luke 15:1-32, Psalms 81:1-16, Proverbs 13:1