Psalms 9

Celebration of God's Justice


For the choir director: according to Muth-labben. A Davidic psalm.

1 I will thank the Lord with all my heart; I will declare all Your wonderful works.
2 I will rejoice and boast about You; I will sing about Your name, Most High.
3 When my enemies retreat, they stumble and perish before You.
4 For You have upheld my just cause;[a] You are seated on Your throne as a righteous judge.
5 You have rebuked the nations: You have destroyed the wicked; You have erased their name forever and ever.
6 The enemy has come to eternal ruin; You have uprooted the cities, and the very memory of them has perished.
7 But the Lord sits enthroned forever; He has established His throne for judgment.
8 He judges the world with righteousness; He executes judgment on the peoples with fairness.[b]
9 The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.
10 Those who know Your name trust in You because You have not abandoned those who seek You, Lord.[c]
11 Sing to the Lord, who dwells in Zion; proclaim His deeds among the peoples.
12 For the One who seeks an accounting for bloodshed remembers them;[d] He does not forget the cry of the afflicted.[e]
13 Be gracious to me, Lord; consider my affliction at the hands of those who hate me. Lift me up from the gates of death,
14 so that I may declare all Your praises. I will rejoice in Your salvation within the gates of Daughter Zion.[f]
15 The nations have fallen into the pit they made; their foot is caught in the net they have concealed.
16 The Lord has revealed Himself; He has executed justice, striking down[g] the wicked[h] by the work of their hands. Higgaion. Selah
17 The wicked will return to Sheol[i]- all the nations that forget God.
18 For the oppressed will not always be forgotten; the hope of the afflicted will not perish forever.
19 Rise up, Lord! Do not let man prevail; let the nations be judged in Your presence.
20 Put terror in them, Lord; let the nations know they are only men. 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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