July 8, 2015: Daily Bible Reading with Commentary for Psalm 81-83
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Context: All three of today's psalms are written by Asaph. Psalm 81 begins with a party, celebrating the Lord, possibly describing the Feast of Tabernacles, also called Feast of Trumpets. It is a reminder of the saving grace of God, yet the Israelites turned away from Him in favor of foreign, false gods. They were punished for it, as all who reject the Lord God will be punished, while those who rely on Him will be rewarded. Psalm 82 addresses judges. Jesus later uses verse 6 when responding to the Pharisees. All should be treated equal before the law and all will be treated equal before God's law. Power and money do not matter before the law, only guilt or innocence. Psalm 83 is one of those "you had to be there moments." If were in Israel when Asaph wrote this psalm, no doubt we would know the names mentioned in the psalm and better understand what he is saying. We were not there, however, and the names have fallen from the pages of history. The meaning from the psalm is clear: it is a cry for judgment against those who are against God. Scholars have been unable to locate a time in history in which this psalm would fit, perhaps meaning that it is yet to come.