After a very quick, one chapter, jaunt into 1 Chronicles, we move back to Psalms, with a look at Psalms 81 today.
“Sing for joy to God our strength; shout aloud to the God of Jacob!” – Psalms 81:1
Thanks, but no thanks. I won’t sing for joy to a God who murders.
“I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of Egypt.” – Psalms 81:10
Yes, but why was it necessary to bring the Israelites out of Egypt? Oh yeah, because God hardened the hearts of the Egyptians. God forced the Egyptians to treat the Israelites horribly.
“Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.” – Psalms 81:10
Wait? What?!?!? No, no, no, no! You stay away from my mouth. It doesn’t need filled! 😊
“If my people would only listen to me, if Israel would only follow my ways, how quickly I would subdue their enemies and turn my hand against their foes!” – Psalms 81:13-14
Sure. Job has another story to tell. Job loved God. Job was the greatest of all the land. Job followed the ways of God. God’s response? To punish Job horribly!
“Those who hate the Lord would cringe before him, and their punishment would last forever.” – Psalms 81:15
If God doesn’t exist, and I see no evidence any god exists, then there’s no punishment to dish out. If the God of the Bible exists, it is better to hate this horrible, murderous god and suffer eternal punishment than accept his commands to kill children and rape women.
That does it for today’s discussion on Psalms 81. I realize this is getting a bit dry as every chapter of the very long book of Psalms is like the last. God is praised, despite the evidence of God’s horrible deeds. Wash, rinse, repeat.
Coming Soon: Psalms – Chapter 88: A song. A psalm of the Sons of Korah. For the director of music. According to mahalath leannoth. A maskil of Heman the Ezrahite.