Psalms 9

1 For the leader. On the death of Labben. A psalm of David: I give thanks to ADONAI with all my heart. I will tell about all your wonderful deeds.
2 I will be glad and exult in you. I will sing praise to your name, 'Elyon.
3 When my enemies turn back, they stumble and perish before you.
4 For you upheld my cause as just, sitting on the throne as the righteous judge.
5 You rebuked the nations, destroyed the wicked, blotted out their name forever and ever.
6 The enemy is finished, in ruins forever; you destroyed their cities; all memory of them is lost.
7 But ADONAI is enthroned forever; he has set up his throne for judgment.
8 He will judge the world in righteousness; he will judge the peoples fairly.
9 ADONAI is a stronghold for the oppressed, a tower of strength in times of trouble.
10 Those who know your name put their trust in you, for you have not abandoned those who seek you, ADONAI.
11 Sing praises to ADONAI, who lives in Tziyon; proclaim his deeds among the peoples.
12 For the avenger of blood remembers them, he does not ignore the cry of the afflicted:
13 "Have mercy on me, ADONAI! See how I suffer from those who hate me; you raise me from the gates of death,
14 so that I can proclaim all your praises at the gates of the daughter of Tziyon and rejoice in this deliverance of yours."
15 The nations have drowned in the pit they dug, caught their own feet in the net they hid.
16 ADONAI made himself known and executed judgment; the wicked are ensnared in the work of their own hands. (Higgayon; Selah)
17 The wicked will return to Sh'ol, all the nations that forget God.
18 For the poor will not always be forgotten or the hope of the needy perish forever.
19 Arise, ADONAI! Don't let mortals prevail! Let the nations be judged in your presence.
20 Strike them with terror, ADONAI! 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.

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