1 Sing joyfully to God, our strength. Raise a shout to the God of Jacob. 2 Sing a song and play the tambourine, the pleasant-sounding lyre along with the harp. 3 Blow the ram's horn when there is a New Moon, when there is a full moon, on our festival day, 4 because it is a statute in Israel, an ordinance by the God of Jacob, 5 a decree that he prescribed for Joseph when he went throughout the land of Egypt, speaking a language I did not recognize.
6 I removed the burden from your shoulder; your hands were freed of the burdensome basket. 7 In a time of need you called out and I delivered you; I answered you from the dark thundercloud; I tested you at the waters of Meribah. Interlude 8 Listen, My people and I will warn you. Israel, if only you would obey me! 9 You must neither have a foreign god over you or worship a strange god. 10 I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, open your mouth that I may fill it.
11 Yet my people didn't obey my voice; Israel didn't submit to me. 12 So I allowed them to continue in their stubbornness, living by their own advice. 13 If only my people would obey me, if only Israel would walk in my ways! 14 Then I would quickly subdue their enemies. I would turn against their foes. 15 Those who hate the LORD will cringe before him; their punishment will be permanent. 16 But I will feed Israel with the finest wheat, satisfying you with honey from the rock. A Psalm of Asaph

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