Psalms 9

1 I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all the wonderful things you have done.
2 I will sing with joy because of you. I will sing praise to you, Almighty God.
3 My enemies turn back when you appear; they fall down and die.
4 You are fair and honest in your judgments, and you have judged in my favor.
5 You have condemned the heathen and destroyed the wicked; they will be remembered no more.
6 Our enemies are finished forever; you have destroyed their cities, and they are completely forgotten.
7 But the Lord is king forever; he has set up his throne for judgment.
8 He rules the world with righteousness; he judges the nations with justice.
9 The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a place of safety in times of trouble.
10 Those who know you, Lord, will trust you; you do not abandon anyone who comes to you.
11 Sing praise to the Lord, who rules in Zion! Tell every nation what he has done!
12 God remembers those who suffer; he does not forget their cry, and he punishes those who wrong them.
13 Be merciful to me, O Lord! 1 See the sufferings my enemies cause me! Rescue me from death, O Lord,
14 that I may stand before the people of Jerusalem and tell them all the things for which I praise you. I will rejoice because you saved me.
15 The heathen have dug a pit and fallen in; they have been caught in their own trap.
16 The Lord has revealed himself by his righteous judgments, and the wicked are trapped by their own deeds.
17 Death is the destiny of all the wicked, of all those who reject God.
18 The needy will not always be neglected; the hope of the poor will not be crushed forever.
19 Come, Lord! Do not let anyone defy you! Bring the heathen before you and pronounce judgment on them.
20 Make them afraid, O Lord; make them know that they are only mortal beings.

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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.

Cross References 1

  • 1. +29.13Wisdom 16.13.

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Psalms 9 Commentaries

Scripture taken from the Good News Translation - Second Edition, Copyright 1992 by American Bible Society. Used by Permission.