Psalm 9

1 I will praise You O LORD with my whole heart;  I will tell of all Your marvelous works.  2 I will be glad and rejoice in You;  I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.  3 When my enemies turn back, they shall fall and parish at Your presence.  4 For You have maintained my right and my cause;  You sat on the throne judging in righteousness.  5 You have rebuked the nations, You have destroyed the wicked;  You have blotted out their name forever and ever.  6 O enemy, destructions are finished forever!  And you have destroyed cities;  even their memories have perished.  7 But the LORD shall endure forever; He has prepared His throne for judgement.  8 He shall Judge the world in righteousness, and He shall administer judgement for the peoples in uprightness.

9 The LORD will also be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.  10 And those who know Your name will put their trust in You;  for You LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.  11 Sing praises to the LORD, who dwells in Zion!  Declare His deeds among the people.  12 When He avenges the blood, He remembers them;  He does not forget the cry of the humble.  13 Have mercy on me, O LORD!  Consider my trouble from those who hate me, You who lift me up from the gates of death.  14 That I may tell of all Your praise in the gates of the daughter of Zion.  I will rejoice in Your salvation.  15 The nations have sunk down in the pit which they made;  in the net which they hid, their own foot is caught.  16 The LORD is known by the judgement He executes;  the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands.  17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.  18 For the needy shall not always be forgotten;  the expectation of the poor shall not parish forever.  19 Arise, O LORD, do not let man prevail;  let the nations be judged in Your sight.  20 Put them in fear, O LORD, that the nations may know themselves to be but men.  Selah. 

The commentary is taken from Warren W Wiersbe’s book, BE Worshipful.

          The emphasis is on joyful praise(vv. 1-2, 11, 14)……You find the theme of judgement and justice in verses 4, 7-8, 16, and 19-20……Ever since the Lord spoke the words in Genesis 3:15 and 12:1-3, there has been a war going on between th forces of satan and the forces of God, and the focus has been on the nation of Israel ( See Rev. 12) That battle goes on today.

         Personal Praise:  God Saves the King (vv.1-8).  David offers wholehearted praise to the Lord for delivering him and his army from the enemy nations that attacked Israel.  His aim was to honor the Lord and not glorify himself.  His joy was in the Lord, not just in the great victory that he had been given (Phil. 4:4), and He wanted to tell everybody about God’s wonderful works……God turned the enemy back, and in their retreat, they stumbled and perished before the Lord……To maintain the right of David to be king of Israel and accomplish God’s purposes in this world.  God’s rebuke is an expression of His anger (2:5;  76:6)……In contrast to the wiping out of nations, the Lord and His great name stand forever.  His throne cannot be overthrown.

        National Praise: God Shelters the People (vv. 9-20).  The focus now centers on the people of the land, whom David calls the oppressed (v.9), the humble (v.12), and the needy and poor (v.18)……David praises the Lord for His faithfulness in caring for His sheep.

          ‘The refuge—-God will not forsake them (vv. 9-10)’……During his years of exile, David found the wilderness strongholds to be places of safety, but he knew that the Lord was the safest refuge. (46:1)  To “know God’s name” or “love God’s name means to trust Him and be saved (5:11)……God forsook His own son (Matt. 27:46) that He might never forsake His own people.

           ‘The avenger—-God will not fail them (vv. 11-17)’.  David calls upon the suffering remnant to sing praises to God because He is on their side and fights their battles.  He will not fail to hear their cries and execute justice on their behalf.  Israel’s calling was to bear witness to the nations that Jehovah is the only true and living God (18:49)……There was no police force in Israel, but a near kinsman could avenge the murder of a family member.  This is why God assigned the six “cities of refuge” to provide havens for people who accidentally killed someone (Num. 35).  But when God is the avenger, He has all the evidence He needs to find and punish rebellious sinners……

         ‘The conqueror—-God will not forget them (vv. 18-20)’.  “Arise, O LORD” reminds us of the conquering march of Israel (Num. 10:35), when God went before His people to defeat their enemies.  “Man” in verse 19 is ‘enosh’, “weak frail man,” a fact that sinners don’want to admit……One day the Lord will put the rebels in their rightful place, and they will discover that they are only—-dust.

Never stop praising our LORD. Give Him all the glory, all the time!

I wish all of you a very blessed day.

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