His Time – Meditatio: Psalm 81, Proverbs 12, Martin Chemnitz’s Enchiridion


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Psalm 81In today’s Meditatio Hour, Rev. Jonathan Fisk meditates on:

1. Psalm 81:1-7

Oh, That My People Would Listen to Me

To the choirmaster: according to The Gittith.[a] Of Asaph.

81 Sing aloud to God our strength;
    shout for joy to the God of Jacob!
Raise a song; sound the tambourine,
    the sweet lyre with the harp.
Blow the trumpet at the new moon,
    at the full moon, on our feast day.

For it is a statute for Israel,
    a rule[b] of the God of Jacob.
He made it a decree in Joseph
    when he went out over[c] the land of Egypt.
I hear a language I had not known:
“I relieved your[d] shoulder of the burden;
    your hands were freed from the basket.
In distress you called, and I delivered you;
    I answered you in the secret place of thunder;
    I tested you at the waters of Meribah. Selah


  1. Psalm 81:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
  2. Psalm 81:4 Or just decree
  3. Psalm 81:5 Or against
  4. Psalm 81:6 Hebrew his; also next line

2. Proverbs 12:17

17 Whoever speaks[a] the truth gives honest evidence,
    but a false witness utters deceit.


  1. Proverbs 12:17 Hebrew breathes out

3. Martin Chemnitz’s “Ministry, Word, and Sacraments – An Enchiridion”

Find your copy of “Ministry, Word, and Sacraments – An Enchiridion” by Martin Chemnitz at cph.org.

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