Psalm 9

Published on Monday, 14 August 2017 04:46
Praise God by speaking to him about his actions: ‘I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds. I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High’ (verses 1-2).

Imitate David who thanked God for incredible victories: ‘When my enemies turn back, they stumble and perish before your presence. For you have maintained my just cause; you have sat on the throne, giving righteous judgment. You have rebuked the nations; you have made the wicked perish; you have blotted out their name forever and ever. The enemy came to an end in everlasting ruins; their cities you rooted out; the very memory of them has perished’ (verses 3-6).

Rejoice that the Lord is king: ‘But the LORD sits enthroned forever; he has established his throne for justice, and he judges the world with righteousness; he judges the peoples with uprightness (verses 7-8). 

Celebrate that the Lord is our refuge at all times: ‘The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you’ (verses 9-10).

Resolve to speak about what God has done: ‘Sing praises to the LORD, who sits enthroned in Zion! Tell among the peoples his deeds! For he who avenges blood is mindful of them; he does not forget the cry of the afflicted’ (verses 11-12).

Pray for deliverance from a problem: ‘Be gracious to me, O LORD! See my affliction from those who hate me, O you who lift me up from the gates of death, that I may recount all your praises, that in the gates of the daughter of Zion I may rejoice in your salvation’ (verses 13-14).

Thank God for for his wise providences: ‘The nations have sunk in the pit that they made; in the net that they hid, their own foot has been caught. The LORD has made himself known; he has executed judgment; the wicked are snared in the work of their own hands. The wicked shall return to Sheol, all the nations that forget God’ (verses 15-17).

Praise God for his commitment to his people: ‘For the needy shall not always be forgotten, and the hope of the poor shall not perish forever’ (verse 18).

Ask God to show the world that he is God: ‘Arise, O LORD! Let not man prevail; let the nations be judged before you! Put them in fear, O LORD! Let the nations know that they are but men! (verses 19-20).

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