Psalms 9

Psalm 9


For the music leader. According to Muth-labben. A psalm of David.

1 I will thank you, LORD, with all my heart; I will talk about all your wonderful acts.
2 I will celebrate and rejoice in you; I will sing praises to your name, Most High.
3 When my enemies turn and retreat, they fall down and die right in front of you
4 because you have established justice for me and my claim, because you rule from the throne, establishing justice rightly.
5 You've denounced the nations, destroyed the wicked. You've erased their names for all time.
6 Every enemy is wiped out, like something ruined forever. You've torn down their cities— even the memory of them is dead.
7 But the LORD rules forever! He assumes his throne for the sake of justice.
8 He will establish justice in the world rightly; he will judge all people fairly.
9 The LORD is a safe place for the oppressed— a safe place in difficult times.
10 Those who know your name trust you because you have not abandoned any who seek you, LORD.
11 Sing praises to the LORD, who lives in Zion! Proclaim his mighty acts among all people!
12 Because the one who avenges bloodshed remembers those who suffer; the LORD hasn't forgotten their cries for help.
13 Have mercy on me, LORD! Just look how I suffer because of those who hate me. But you are the one who brings me back from the very gates of death
14 so I can declare all your praises, so I can rejoice in your salvation in the gates of Daughter Zion.
15 The nations have fallen into the hole they themselves made! Their feet are caught in the very net they themselves hid!
16 The LORD is famous for the justice he has done; it's his own doing that the wicked are trapped. Higgayon. Selah
17 Let the wicked go straight to the grave, the same for every nation that forgets God.
18 Because the poor won't be forgotten forever, the hope of those who suffer won't be lost for all time.
19 Get up, LORD! Don't let people prevail! Let the nations be judged before you.
20 Strike them with fear, LORD. Let the nations know they are only human. Selah

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Psalms 9 Commentary

Chapter 9

David praises God for protecting his people. (1-10) And for cause to praise him. (11-20)

Verses 1-10 If we would praise God acceptably, we must praise him in sincerity, with our whole heart. When we give thanks for some one particular mercy, we should remember former mercies. Our joy must not be in the gift, so much as in the Giver. The triumphs of the Redeemer ought to be the triumphs of the redeemed. The almighty power of God is that which the strongest and stoutest of his enemies are no way able to stand before. We are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth, and that with him there is no unrighteousness. His people may, by faith, flee to him as their Refuge, and may depend on his power and promise for their safety, so that no real hurt shall be done to them. Those who know him to be a God of truth and faithfulness, will rejoice in his word of promise, and rest upon that. Those who know him to be an everlasting Father, will trust him with their souls as their main care, and trust in him at all times, even to the end; and by constant care seek to approve themselves to him in the whole course of their lives. Who is there that would not seek him, who never hath forsaken those that seek Him?

Verses 11-20 Those who believe that God is greatly to be praised, not only desire to praise him better themselves, but desire that others may join with them. There is a day coming, when it will appear that he has not forgotten the cry of the humble; neither the cry of their blood, or the cry of their prayers. We are never brought so low, so near to death, but God can raise us up. If he has saved us from spiritual and eternal death, we may thence hope, that in all our distresses he will be a very present help to us. The overruling providence of God frequently so orders it, that persecutors and oppressors are brought to ruin by the projects they formed to destroy the people of God. Drunkards kill themselves; prodigals beggar themselves; the contentious bring mischief upon themselves: thus men's sins may be read in their punishment, and it becomes plain to all, that the destruction of sinners is of themselves. All wickedness came originally with the wicked one from hell; and those who continue in sin, must go to that place of torment. The true state, both of nations and of individuals, may be correctly estimated by this one rule, whether in their doings they remember or forget God. David encourages the people of God to wait for his salvation, though it should be long deferred. God will make it appear that he never did forget them: it is not possible he should. Strange that man, dust in his and about him, should yet need some sharp affliction, some severe visitation from God, to bring him to the knowledge of himself, and make him feel who and what he is.

Footnotes 4

  • [a]. Ps 9 is an alphabetic acrostic poem (cf Ps 119) in Heb, with successive letters of the alphabet beginning every few lines, with only a few exceptions. Only ten letters are found in Ps 9; the sequence may be continued in Ps 10, suggesting that Pss 9–10 are a single poem.
  • [b]. Or Almuth labben; Heb uncertain, perhaps a reference to the melody; cf Pss 46:1; 48:14
  • [c]. Heb uncertain; or recitation (see Pss 1:2; 19:14) or melody (see Ps 92:3)
  • [d]. Heb Sheol

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