Numerous times throughout the Psalms the Psalmist refers to God as "the God of Jacob." Why not "the God of Abraham" or "the God of Isaac"?
Numerous chapters of the book of Genesis cover Jacob's 136 years, chronicling the beginning of his life in utero until his death in Egypt. Jacob begins his life poorly as a schemer and suffers the consequences of self-reliance. He only learns to trust God and submit to God in his later years.
God is for the psalmist who He was for Jacob, "Sing aloud to God our strength; make a joyful shout to the God of Jacob" (Ps. 81:1) and, "For this is a statute for Israel, a law of the God of Jacob" (81:4). Just as God gave Jacob over to his stubborn heart to follow his own plan until he was the wiser, so He gave Israel "over to their own stubborn heart, to walk in their own counsels" (81:12).
Obviously the writer of Psalm 81 has spent a great deal of time meditating on God's ways with a stubborn Jacob and a stubborn nation. He applies truths he had learned and receives comfort.
Several encouraging truths and warnings emerge from Psalm 81:
The psalmist, reflecting on Jacob's life and God's interaction with him, recognizes the futility of self-reliance and disobedience. Running is a part of life, either running in your own strength, running from an enemy, running from God or running to the God of Jacob.
God is the God of Jacob for His people today. Run to Him!
Psalm 79 records the pillage of Jerusalem, which would have occurred in the late Divided Kingdom Era or early Captivity Era. What is the basis of the writer's prayer regarding the defilement of the temple and the siege of Jerusalem?
Psalm 80 records the burning of the vineyard, which symbolizes Israel throughout the Scriptures, placing this psalm in the same time period as Psalm 79. How does the writer of this psalm intercede for Israel?
Why does the writer of Psalm 82 ask God to judge the nations?
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