Feast of Trumpet:
81:1 – Sing aloud unto God our strength: make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob.
81:2 – Take a psalm, and bring hither the timbrel, the pleasant harp with the psaltery.
81:3 – Blow up the trumpet in the new moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn feast day.
81:4 – For this was a statute for Israel, and a law of the God of Jacob.
81:5 – This he ordained in Joseph for a testimony, when he went out through the land of Egypt: where I heard a language that I understood not. “Say to the Church” (Israel) On the first day of the seventh month you are to have a day of rest, a sacred assembly commemorated with trumpet blasts. Also at your times of rejoicing – your appointed feasts and New Moon festivals – you are to sound the trumpet over your burnt offering and fellows offering, and they will be a memorial for you before your God. I am the LORD your God.”
Focus points: The two silver trumpets were used to coordinate the tribes as they moved though the desert. To keep so many people in tight formation required clear communication and control. Trumpet blast also reminded Israel of God’s protection over them.
We can depend upon God for help. Pilgrims must travel through lonely country to their destination; they are protected, not by anything created, but by the Creator of everything.
This song expresses assurance and hope in God’s protection day and night. He not only made the hills but heaven and earth as well. We should never trust a lesser power than God himself. But not only is he all-powerful, he also watches over us. Nothing diverts or deters him. We are safe. We never outgrow our need for God’s untiring watch over our lives.
verse 1 – I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
Or, Shall I lift up mine eyes to the hills? whence should my help come
verse 2 – My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.
verse 3a – He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
(a) He will not suffer thy foot to be moved:
1 Sam.2:9> He will guard the feet of his faithful servants, but the wicked will be silenced in the place of darkness. “It is not by strength that one prevails;
(b) he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
Isa.27:3> I, the LORD, watch over it; I water it continually. I guard it day and night so that no one may harm it.
verse 4 – Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
verse 5 – The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.
verse 6 – The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
(6c) Isa.27:3> I, the LORD, watch over it; I water it continually. I guard it day and night so that no one may harm it. 21:1-6 David described all that he had as gifts,from God. “the desire of his heat, “rich blessings, gla
verse 7 – The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.
(d) Job 5:19> From six calamities he will rescue you; in seven no harm will touch you.
Ps.91:9,10> If you say, “The LORD is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.
Prov. 12:21> No harm overtakes the righteous, but the wicked have their fill of trouble.
verse 8 – The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.
(8e) preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.
Deut.28:6> You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.
Prov.2:8> for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.