Psalms 9

A Psalm of Thanksgiving for God's Justice.

1 I will give thanks to the LORD with all 1my heart; I will 2tell of all Your wonders.
2 I will be glad and 3exult in You; I will 4sing praise to Your name, O 5Most High.
3 When my enemies turn back, They stumble and 6perish before * You.
4 For You have 7maintained my just cause; You have sat on the throne 8judging righteously.
5 You have 9rebuked the nations, You have destroyed the wicked; You have 10blotted out their name forever and ever.
6 The enemy has come to an end in perpetual ruins, And You have uprooted the cities; The very 11memory of them has perished.
7 But the 12LORD abides forever; He has established His 13throne for judgment,
8 And He will 14judge the world in righteousness; He will execute judgment for the peoples with equity.
9 The LORD also will be a 15stronghold for the oppressed, A stronghold in times of trouble;
10 And those who 16know Your name will put their trust in You, For You, O LORD, have not 17forsaken those who seek You.
11 Sing praises to the LORD, who 18dwells in Zion; 19Declare among the peoples His deeds.
12 For 20He who requires blood remembers them; He does not forget 21the cry of the afflicted.
13 Be gracious to me, O LORD; See my affliction from those 22who hate me, You who 23lift me up from the gates of death,
14 That I may tell of 24all Your praises, That in the gates of the daughter of Zion I may 25rejoice in Your salvation.
15 The nations have sunk down 26in the pit which they have made; In the 27net which they hid, their own foot has been caught.
16 The LORD has 28made Himself known; He has 29executed judgment. In the work of his own hands the wicked is snared. Higgaion Selah.
17 The wicked will 30return to Sheol, Even all the nations who 31forget God.
18 For the 32needy will not always be forgotten, Nor the 33hope of the afflicted perish forever.
19 34Arise, O LORD, do not let man prevail; Let the nations be 35judged before * You.
20 Put them 36in fear, O LORD; Let the nations know that they are 37but men. Selah.

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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 37

Footnotes 13

  • [a]. Or "miracles"
  • [b]. Lit "my right and my cause"
  • [c]. Or "a righteous Judge"
  • [d]. Or "O enemy, desolations are finished forever; And their cities You have plucked up"
  • [e]. Or "sits" as king
  • [f]. Or "Let the LORD "also be"
  • [g]. Or "let put"
  • [h]. I.e. avenges bloodshed
  • [i]. Or "deliverance"
  • [j]. Perhaps, resounding music or meditation
  • [k]. "Selah" may mean: "Pause, Crescendo" or "Musical interlude"
  • [l]. Or "turn"
  • [m]. I.e. the nether world

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