Shalom, everyone! Psalm 81 is traditionally recited as the “psalm of the day” (Shir Shel Yom) for the fifth day of the week, which corresponds to Thursday on the Gregorian calendar. The psalm is recited at the end of Thursday Shacharit (morning) prayer services. According to tradition, Psalm 81 was read by the Levites in the Temple on the fifth day of the week because of it’s relation to the fifth day of Creation.
Psalm 81 was written by Asaph, a Levite, and grandson of the prophet Samuel. Psalm 81 reminds us that no matter how far we have fallen as a people, The Almighty still remembers us as His people. He is our deliverer, however, He will not bless us in our disobedience, and will allow the consequences of disobedience to overtake us as long as we walk in disobedience. All The Almighty wants in return is our exclusive loyalty to Him by having no other gods, our obedience to His commandments, and our remembrance and observance of His mo’edim. Once we return to Him and walk before Him in obedience, He will deliver us from bondage and subdue our enemies. The Almighty gives tremendous blessings to His people.
The following is our video about Psalm 81 in English, adapted from the Jewish Publication Society (JPS) 1917 version of the Tanakh:
Shir Shel Yom: Yom Chamishi – Psalm 81 – Apr 05 2020
Video from Bnei Yisrael Society/YouTube